Shakeup in army as COAS appoints field commanders, other key officers

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Faruk Yahaya, has approved the appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), Field Commanders and other key staff officers.

The army spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja.

“Among the new field commanders are Maj.-Gen. Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim who takes over as the Force Commander, Multi-National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena, and Maj.-Gen. I.S. Ali who becomes the General Officer Commanding 3 Division would also double as the Commander Special Task Force ‘Operation Safe Haven.’

“The COAS equally approved the appointment of Commanders, Commandants of NA Institutions, Directors and other key appointments at both Defence and Army levels.

He said that the Chief of Operations (Army), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, now becomes the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), while Maj.-Gen. B.O. Sawyer is the new Director of Defence Information.

He also said that Maj.-Gen. T.A. Gagariga would move from Army Headquarters, Department of Policy and Plans to the Nigerian Army Artillery Corps as Commander and Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu becomes the Commander of the Infantry Corps.

According to him, Maj.-Gen. M.A. Yekini is the new Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. M.S. Yusuf takes over as Chief of Defence Standard and Evaluation, while Maj.-Gen. Anthony Omozoje is the new Chief of Policy and Plans (Army).


Similarly, the spokesperson further disclosed that Maj.-Gen. S.O. Olabanji had been appointed the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), while Maj.-Gen. O.A. Akintade would be the new Chief of Army Logistics.

He said that Maj.-Gen. O.T. Akinjobi has been appointed as the Chief of Operations (Army), Maj.-Gen. James Ataguba as Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation, while Maj.-Gen. K.I. Mukhtar becomes the Chief of Administration (Army).

Maj.-Gen. C. Ofoche is the new Chief of Transformation and Innovation, with Maj.-Gen. A.B. Ibrahim appointed as Chief of Training (Army).

“The appointments are to rejig for efficiency in command and administration within the Nigerian army and take effect immediately,” the spokesperson said.

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