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NASS Ultimatum: Nigerian Army Reshuffles Top Brass, Appoints New GOCs, Others

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya has approved the posting and appointment of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to command, instructional and staff appointments across Nigerian Army formations and units in the country.

According to a statement issued on Friday, July 9, 2022, by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the reshuffling and appointments were done in an effort to reposition the Nigerian Army for operational efficiency and proficiency

Some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officers Commanding, Corps Commanders, Commandants of training institutions, Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers, amongst others, were among those affected in the redeployment released on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Some of the new General Officers Commanding (GOCs) appointed include: Maj. Gen. U.T. Musa, who was moved from Headquarters 81 Division to Headquarters 82 Division and appointed GOC, Maj. Gen. T.A. Lagbaja was moved from Headquarters 82 Division to Headquarters 1 Division and appointed GOC, Maj. Gen. O.C. Ajunwa was moved from Nigeria Defence Section Brasilia to HQ 81 Division and appointed GOC, while Maj. Gen. A.S. Chinade was redeployed from Depot Nigerian Army to Headquarters 2 Division and appointed GOC.

The newly appointed Army Headquarters Principal Staff Officers include, Maj. Gen. OW Ali, from Headquarters Command Army Records to Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration and appointed Chief of Administration (Army) Maj. Gen. S. Muhammed, from Defence Headquarters to Department of Army Standards and Evaluation and appointed Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army), Maj. Gen. JA Ataguba from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Defence Headquarters and appointed, Director Peace Keeping Operations, Maj. Gen. A.A. Adesope from Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Accounts and Budget, Maj. Gen. U.S. 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 Policy Plans and Research, Major General MO Enendu, from Nigerian Army College of Logistics to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director 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 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 Nigerian 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 Commandants, 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, Brig Gen 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, amongst others.

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 bedeviling the nation, as they assume their new appointments.

This announcement, which came hours after the emergency meeting between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the country’s military top brass in Abuja on Thursday, may not be unconnected with the six weeks ultimatum, laced with impeachment threat, that was issued to the President by Senators and Representatives, as well as the threat by terrorists, in a viral video, to abduct him.

Lately, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have become the epicentre of terror attacks, with some National Guard troops and servicemembers wounded or killed, and scores of incarcerated terrorists released in a brutal and quavering prison break that leaves many questions unanswered.