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Nigerian Army redeploys top brass

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The newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff, major-general, Taoreed Lagbaja has announced a major shake-up in the Nigerian Army.

With the development, some top brass in the Army will be posted and redeployed to commands, instructional and staff appointments across formations and units.

The shake-up was made known in a press release signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, a brigadier-general, on Saturday, June 24 in Abuja.

Nwachukwu noted that development is part of Taoreed ‘s plans to rejig the Nigerian army for operational efficiency and functional administration.

The affected personnel are (PSOs) of Army Headquarters (AHQs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs), Corps Commanders, Commandants of training institutions, Brigade Commanders, and Commanding Officers, amongst others.

He furthered that Abdulsalam Ibrahim, a major-general, had been moved from Headquarters 3 Division to the Department of Policy and Plans (DAPP) and appointed Chief of Policy and Plans (Army).

The Army spokesperson revealed that BR Sinjen, a major-general, is now the Chief of Operations (Army), as major-general, OR Aiyenigba, erstwhile Provost Marshal, is the new Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army).

“Others are Maj.-Gen. NC Ugbo from Nigerian Army Signals School to Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil Military Affairs.

”Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola moves from Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport to Army Headquarters Department of Logistics as the Chief of Logistics (Army).

“Senior officers appointed as General Officers Commanding (GOCs) are Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Alabi from Army War College Nigeria ( AWCN) to Headquarters 1 Division, Maj.-Gen. AE Abubakar moves from Headquarters 7 Division to 3 Division as GOC and Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

“Also, Maj.-Gen. PP Mala moves from Depot Nigerian Army to Headquarters 7 Division as GOC and Commander Sector 1 Joint Task Force North East( NE) Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).

“Others are Maj.-Gen. Gold Chibuisi from HQ Multinational Joint Task Force Ndjamena (MNJTF) to Theatre Command Joint Task Force NE Operation (OPHK) as Theatre Commander, while Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali was redeployed from OPHK to MNJTF as the Force Commander,” he said.

Nwachukwu added that Emmanuel Undiandeye, a major-general, has been confirmed as Chief of Defence Intelligence had been formalised.

He said ”Maj.-Gen. OO Oluyede had been appointed Commander Infantry Corps; Maj.-Gen. Markus Kangye, Commander Corps of Artillery, and Maj.-Gen. AA Adeyinka, Commander of Corps of Supply and Transport.

According to him, ”Maj.-Gen. Kelvin Aligbe had been appointed Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, while Maj.-Gen. JO Ochai takes over as Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy( NDA), and Maj.-Gen. IB Maina, Commandant, Army War College Nigeria.

“Equally redeployed are Brig.-Gen. TB Ugiagbe appointed Acting Chief of Military Intelligence (Army), Brig.-Gen. OG Onubogu moves to Martin Luther Agwai International Peace Keeping Centre as Commandant, while Brig.-Gen. N Ashinze moves to the Defence Intelligence Agency as Director of Fusion.

“The Nigerian Army has also formalised the redeployment of Col. AO Onasanya from Army War College Nigeria to Headquarters Guards Brigade as Acting Commander.

In the statement, Taoreed charged the newly appointed officers to show maximum commitment in the discharge of their duties.

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