Massive shake-up in Nigerian Army – Independent Observers

Massive shake-up in Nigerian Army

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By Temitope Owotoki

The Nigerian Army has carried out a massive reshuffle of his top personnel, barely two months after a similar exercise saw 103 senior officers, including top generals in the Boko Haram war, redeployed.

Brigadier Sani Usman, Army spokesperson, said the latest redeployment involved at least 15 generals and one colonel. He listed those affected to include Abubakar Tarfa, a major-general who was posted from the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery to Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership Peacekeeping Centre as commandant.

Also redeployed are Muhammed Muhammed as the grand officer commanding of 1 Division Nigerian Army to the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Signals Corps as the commander; Major General C.T. Olukoju, transferred from Signal Corps as commander to being the Director-General of the newly created Nigerian Army Simulation Centre (NASIMC) with headquarters in Abuja.

The exercise also affected U.S. Yakubu, who was posted to headquarters of Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery and appointed Corps Commander. Cyril U Agulanna, a major-general, has been posted to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) as a senior research fellow; while Farouk Yahaya, a major-general, was transferred as the military secretary (Army) and posted to 1 Division Nigerian Army as the new grand officer commanding.

The new chief of army accounts and budget at the Nigerian Army headquarters is A.R. Bakare, a major-general.

A brigadier-general, D.O. Donibo, has been posted to Nigerian Army School of Infantry and appointed Director Army Training Support Centre (ATSC); G.T. Ochigbano, a brigadier-general, was newly appointed acting military secretary (Army).

The Army transferred O.C. Ajunwa, a brigadier-general, to Nigerian High Commission, Brasilia, Brazil, as the new defence adviser. The new commander of engineers at the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command is S.T. Shafaru. Another brigadier-general, B.Y. Baffa, has been posted from National Defence College to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Chief of Staff, while U.B. Abubakar, a brigadier-general, was appointed deputy military secretary.

The Army posted EE Emekah, a brigadier-general, has been posted from Army War College Nigeria to 707 Special Forces Brigade and appointed as commander.

Also transferred was Colonel E.C. Obi-Osang, who was posted from Defence Headquarters to Nigerian Army Special Forces Command and appointed Chief of Staff.

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