As terrorists stepped up attacks across Nigeria, the Nigerian Army reshuffled commanding officers and appointed new ones on Thursday, July 28, to change the variables “for operational efficiency and proficiency.”
A statement issued by Army headquarters on Friday said: “In an effort to reposition the Nigerian Army for operational efficiency and proficiency, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has approved the posting and appointment of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to command, instructional, and staff appointments across NA formations and units.
“Those affected in the redeployment released on Thursday, July 28, 2022, include some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officers Commanding, Corps Commanders, Commandants of training institutions, Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers, amongst others.
“Some of the senior officers appointed as General Officers Commanding are: Major General UT Musa, from Headquarters 81 Division, to Headquarters 82 Division, and appointed GOC; Major General TA Lagbaja, from Headquarters 82 Division, to Headquarters 1 Division, and appointed GOC; Major General OC Ajunwa from Nigeria Defence Section Brasilia to HQ 81 Division, and appointed GOC , while Major General AS 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); Major General JA Ataguba, from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation, to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director Peace Keeping Operations; Major General A.A Adesope, from Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps, to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Accounts and Budget; Major General U.S Mohammed, from Army Headquarters Department of Administration, to Nigerian Army Resource Centre, and appointed 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 Ordinance School, to Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps, and appointed Corps Commander Ordinance; Major General A Mohammed, from Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited, 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 Commandant; 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, thereby, 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 assumed their new appointments.
President Muhammadu Buhari earlier on Thursday met with the security chiefs in Abuja as terrorists circled Abuja and even threatened to kidnap the President and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.
It is hoped the changes will inject effeciency into the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Ahead of the February 2023 general elections, terrorists appear focused on clear targets across the country, especially the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The military has been losing quality officers through ambush by the terrorists in a manner that suggests internal sabotage or electronic espionage by the terrorists.