The Nigerian Army has redeployed senior officers in a major reshuffle that affects some principal staff officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officers Commanding (GOCs), corps commanders, commandants of training institutions, brigade commanders, and commanding officers, among others.
This comes amid the renewed attacks by terrorists and other armed non-state actors, as well as a day after the military authorities said they have adopted a new strategy to tackle the threats in the country.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who is the Director of Army Public Relations, announced the redeployment of the officers in a statement on Friday.
He said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has approved the posting of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to command, instructional, and staff appointments across the service’s formations and units.
“The Chief of Army Staff has directed all the newly appointed senior officers to redouble their effort and commitment to duty in tackling the security challenges bedevilling the nation, as they assume their new appointments,” said Nwachukwu.
Some of the senior officers appointed as General Officers Commanding (GOCs) are Major General UT Musa from Headquarters 81 Division to Headquarters 82 Division and appointed GOC, Major General TA Lagbaja from Headquarters 82 Division to Headquarters 1 Division and appointed GOC, Major General OC Ajunwa from Nigeria Defence Section Brasilia to HQ 81 Division and appointed GOC, and Major General AS Chinade from Depot Nigerian Army to Headquarters 2 Division and appointed GOC.
The newly appointed Army Headquarters principal staff officers include Major General OW Ali from Headquarters Command Army Records to Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration and appointed Chief of Administration (Army), Major General S Muhammed from Defence Headquarters to Department of Army Standards and Evaluation and appointed Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army), Major General JA Ataguba from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Defence Headquarters and appointed as Director Peace Keeping Operations, Major General AA Adesope from Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Accounts and Budget, Major General US Mohammed from Army Headquarters Department of Administration to Nigerian Army Resource Centre and appointment Senior Research Fellow.
Other senior officers affected in the redeployment are Major General PB Fakrogha from Defence Headquarters Garrison to Defence Space Agency and appointed Director of Policy Plans and Research, Major General MO Enendu from Nigerian Army College of Logistics to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director of Psychological Warfare, Major General AE Attu from Defence Headquarters Department of Defence Training and Operations to Defence Headquarters Garrison and appointed Commander, Major General BE Onyeuko from Defence Headquarters Directorate of Defence Media Operations to Defence Headquarters Department of Logistics and appointed Director of Procurement.
The newly appointed corps commanders are Major General AM Alabi from Nigerian Army Ordnance School to Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps and appointed Corps Commander Ordnance, Major General A Mohammed from Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited and to Headquarters Nigerian Army Electrical Mechanical Engineers and appointed Corps Commander Electrical Mechanical Engineers, Major General E Akerejola from Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Transport and appointed Commander Corps of Supply and Transport, Major General AA Fayemiwo from Nigerian Army Welfare Holdings Limited by Guarantee to Headquarters Finance Corps and appointed Chief of Accounts and Budget (Army).
Senior officers newly appointed as commandants of the army training institutions are Major General PI Eze from Defence Headquarters Department of Procurement to Nigerian Army Ordinance School and appointed Commandant, Major General AA Adeyinka from Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics to Nigerian Army College of Logistics and appointed Commandant, Major General PP Malla from Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration to Depot Nigerian Army and appointed Commandant, as well as Brigadier General UT Otaru from Defence Headquarters to Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport and appointed acting Commandant.
The newly appointed Brigade Commanders are Brigadier General DH Ndahi from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters 4 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General FS Etim from Amphibious Training School to Headquarters 6 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General EA Orakwe from Headquarters 6 Division to Headquarters 19 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General JO Are from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Headquarters 3 Brigade and appointed Commander, among others.