Following the recent promotions and retirements in the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Onyemoabi Azubike Ihejirika yesterday redeployed 317 senior officers to fill the vacuum created by the wind of the retirements.
LEADERSHIP had exclusively reported last week about the impending
redeployment that would affect all the Army units and formations.
According to a statement issued in Abuja and signed by the out-going
Director, Army Public Relations, Maj-Gen. Mobolaji Koleosho, the COAS
said the action was taken “to fill the vacuum and maintain effective
command structure in Army units, formations and the Defence
The new GOCs are 3 Division, Maj-Gen. Ebiobowei Awala, 2 Division,
Maj-Gen. Ahmed Jibrin, the former Commander, Nigerian Army Engineers,
Maj-Gen Ashimiyu Olaniyi is now the new GOC 82 Division while the new
GOC 81 Division is Maj-Gen. Obi Umahi and the new Army Headquarters
Garrison Commander is Maj-Gen. Obidah Ethan.
Other affected senior officers are the former GOC 81 Division,
Maj-Gen. Kenneth T.J. Minimah now the Commander, Infantry Corps and
Centre, Jaji, the former Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army
Major Genral Lawrence Ngubane is now the Chief of Training and
Operations at the Defence Headquarters, the former GOC 3 Division,
Maj-Gen. Jack Nwaogbo is now the Chief of Training and Opeartions at
Army Headquarters, former GOC 2 Division, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Abubakar is
now the Chief of Army Administration at the Army Headquarters.
According to the statement, Maj-Gen. Paul Isang is the new Chief of
Army Standard and Evaluation (CASE) succeeding Maj-Gen. Shehu
Abdul-Kadir who has been appointed the Force Commander of the
African-led International Support Mission for Mali (AFISMA). The new
Commander for the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
is Maj-Gen. Babagana Munguno, Maj-Gen. Daniel Kitchener is now Chief of
Logistics at the Army Headquarters while Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Bassey
becomes the Chief of Policy and Plans popularly known as COPP.
Other new appointments include Maj-Gen. Obinali Ariahu, now the Chief
of Research and Development at the Defence Headquarters; Maj-Gen. John
Zaruwa is named the Coordinator, Peacekeeping Operations at the Ministry
of Defence, Maj-Gen. Salihu Uba is now the Commandant, Nigerian Army
Peacekeeping Centre; the former Defence Adviser, UN Headquarters, New
York, Maj-Gen. Garba Audu is now Chief of Logistics, Defence
Headquarters, the new Director General, Defence Industries Cororation
[DICON] is Maj-Gen. Ekwenugo Chioba and Maj-Gen. Abubakar Gana is the
new Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Logistics (NACOL). The former
Commandant, Maj-Gen. Adekunle Martins is now Commander, Nigerian Army
Ordinance Corps while the new Commander, Nigerian Army Signals [NAS] is
Maj-Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.
The Commander, Nigerian Army Supply and Transport Corps is now
Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Nienge while the Commander, Nigerian Army Armoured
Corps (NAAC) is now Maj-Gen. John Nwaoga. Maj-Gen. Bolaji Koleosho has
been redeployed as the new Chief of Civil-Military Affairs from the
Director, Army Public Relations while Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru
has succeeded him as the Army spokesman. Maj-Gen. Bitrus Kwaji who left
office for Koleosho is now the Group Managing Director, Nigerian Army
Welfare Limited and Guarantee (NAWLG).