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 that will provide the much needed vigour in his command of the Nigerian Army (NA).
This was disclosed through the NA Posting released by the Department of Military Secretary on Friday 2 July 2021, according to a statements issued by army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.
He revealed that the COAS approved the appointment of the Commandant Nigerian Army Armoured School, Major General BO Sawyer, as the new Director of Defence Information; while the Chief of Operations Army, Major General IM Yusuf, becomes the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy.
Major General TA Gagariga will move from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Artillery Corps as Corps Commander, Artillery; and Major General VO Ezugwu of Training and Doctrine Command becomes the Commander, Infantry Corps.
Major General MA Yekini is the new Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General MS Yusuf will take over as Chief of Defence Standard and Evaluation, while the Chief of Civil – Military Affairs, Major General AB Omozoje will take over as the Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.
Equally, Major General SO Olabanji becomes the Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Major General OA Akintade is the new Chief of Army Logistics, Maj Gen OT Akinjobi takes over as Chief of Operations (Army).
Major General JA Ataguba becomes the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation while Major Generals KI Mukhtar and C Ofoche are the new Chief of Administration, and Chief of Transformation and Innovation, respectively. Major General AB Ibrahim is appointed as Chief of Training (Army).
Among the new field commanders are Major General AK Ibrahim who takes over as the Force Commander Multi National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena and Major General IS Ali, who becomes the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, will 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.
The appointments he said were aimed to rejig for efficiency in command and administration within the Nigeria Army and that the appointments take effect immediately.