Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new commandants and commanders for its schools and operations across the country.
The appointment followed the recent promotion of officers to the ranks of Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals.
A statement by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Saghir Musa, said the posting approved by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai is a routine exercise aimed at reinvigorating the service for greater efficiency and professionalism.
He said the COAS, while wishing the affected officers well in their new appointments, equally charged them to take their responsibilities seriously by discharging their duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the service and the nation.
All the appointments according to Musa, are with immediate effect.
Saghir in the statement said
“Due to the recent promotion of some senior officers, it became imperative to deploy them to appropriate appointments to the new ranks. Consequently, the Nigerian Army has just released the postings and appointments of the affected officers. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai, is a routine exercise carried out to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness/efficiency.
“The highlight of the posting includes the appointment of Maj Gen EO Ogunkale from Command Army Record, Lokoja to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Standards and Evaluation, Maj Gen AO Uthman from Nigerian Army School of Signals, Apapa, Lagos to Defence Headquarters as Director, Defence Communications, Maj Gen OO Soleye from Defence Headquarters to Headquarters Command Army Record Lokoja as Commander, Maj Gen YI Shalangwa the erstwhile Director, Legal Services ‘Army’ now redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Director, Legal Services, Maj Gen DC Onyemulu from Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos becomes Director Armed Forces Simulation Centre, while Maj Gen HI Bature is redeployed from Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Minna to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director Liaison.
“Others include Maj Gen IM Obot to remain at Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Participant Senior Executive Management and Policy Course; Maj Gen BO Sawyer to remain in Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans as Director Plans. Also Maj Gen LA Adegboye the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division is to remain as GOC 82 Division, Maj Gen MA Masanawa from Army Central Ammunition Depot to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director Innovation and Combat Development.
“Similarly, Maj Gen G Oyefesobi from Defence Intelligence Agency to Headquarters of the recently created Nigerian Army Special Forces Corps as Commander, Maj Gen MM Bunza the erstwhile Commandant Nigerian Military School, Zaria, is redeployed to Nigerian Army Education Corps as Corps Commander Education, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi from Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji to Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Director of Administration, Maj Gen GO Adesina from Army Headquarters Department of Army Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Signals School Apapa, Lagos as Commandant while Maj Gen PE Eromosele from National Defence College Abuja to Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering Makurdi as Commandant.
“Others are Maj Gen KO Aligbe from Defence Headquarters Abuja to Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji and appointed Commandant, Maj Gen AB Ibrahim to remain in Army Headquarters and appointed Director Training, Maj Gen GK Nwosu to remain in Nigerian Army Special Forces School Buniyadi as Commandant, Maj Gen FB Fakrogha to remain in Nigerian Army Women Corps as Commander Women Corps, Maj Gen S Idris from Defence Headquarters to Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership Peace Keeping Centre and appointed commandant.
“Similarly, Brig Gen JC Ogbonna from Headquarters 81 Division to Headquarters 82 Division appointed Division’s Training Officer, Brig Gen BH Mohammed from Headquarters Nigerian Army Education Corps to Nigerian Military School, Zaria as Commandant, Brig Gen GO Omorogbe from Headquarters 4 Brigade Benin to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji as Chief of Staff, Brig Gen AJ Fagge from Defence Space Agency to Ministry of Defence and appointed Principal General Staff Officer to Honourable Minister of Defence, Brig Gen NI Najaja from 6 Military Intelligence Brigade Portharcourt to Open Source Intelligence Command as Commander and Brig Gen AO Quadri from Headquarters 81 Division Lagos to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna as Director Training.
“Also, Brig Gen FG Dimlong from 105 Division’s Equipment Support (DES) to 101 DES and appointed Commander, Brig Gen M Danmadami from Headquarters 3 Division Jos to Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Ag Director Procurement, Brig Gen OJ Akpor from 1 Division Garrison Kaduna to Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna appointed Director Military Training, Brig Gen BU Yahaiya from Ministry of Defence to Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja and appointed Subject Expert South East Asia, Brig Gen IM Jallo from Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna to 4 Brigade Benin as Commander, Brig Gen HE Akpan from Army War College to Directorate of Army Recruitment, Resettlement and Reserve and appointed Commander, Brig Gen O Nwachukwu to remain in Defence Headquarters as Ag Director Defence Information, Brig Gen MK Gara from Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations to 8 Division Garrison as Commander and Brig Gen MU Wambai from SI List (SEC 41) to Headquarters Directorate of Legal Services as Acting Director Legal Services among others.
“Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai whilst wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments charges them to take their new responsibilities seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the service and the nation. All the appointments take immediate effect.”