Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has approved a major shakeup in the Nigerian Army with the redeployment and posting of 34 Generals and five Colonels.
Maj.-Gen. FO Omoigui from the Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations was moved to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri and appointed Deputy Theatre Commander.
A statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sagir Musa said the deployment takes effect from July 20.
The statement reads: ” The postings and appointments of Maj.-Gen. L. E. Irabor, from Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja, Department of Training and Operations, to Training and Doctrine Command, Minna (Niger State) and appointed Commander, Maj.-Gen. F. O. Agugo, from 6 Division, NA, Port Harcourt, to Headquarters, NA Signal Corps, Apapa, Lagos, as Corps Commander Signals; Maj.-Gen. M. Mohammed, from Headquarters, NA Signal Corps, Apapa, Lagos, to Office of the COAS, and appointed Special Adviser, NA University, Biu, Maj.-Gen. A. M. Dikko, from Administrative Staff College of Nigerian, Badagry, Lagos State, to NA Training Centre, Kontagora, and appointed Commander.
“Maj.-Gen. U. S. Yakubu, from NA Corps of Artillery, Kontagora, to Army Headquarters, Abuja (AHQ) and appointed Chief of Administration (Army), Maj.-Gen. B. O. Sawyer, from AHQ Department of Policy and Plans, to NA Armour School, Bauchi, and appointed Commandant, Maj.-Gen. I. O. Uzamere, from NA College of Logistics, Lagos, now redeployed to AHQ, Abuja, Department of Logistics, and appointed Chief of Logistics (Army).
“Also, Maj.-Gen. J. O. Irefin, from Headquarters, 81 Division, Lagos, to Headquarters, 6 Division, Port Harcourt, and appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC), while Maj.-Gen. J. O. Akomolafe is now redeployed from Headquarters, NA Armour Corps, Bauchi, to DHQ, Abuja, as Chief of Defence Standards and Evaluation.
“Others are: Maj.-Gen. C. O. Ude, from NA Resource Centre, Abuja, to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Training and Operations; Maj.-Gen. H. R. Momoh, from Defence Space Administration, Abuja, to AHQ Department of Policy and Plans, and appointed Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans/Director Special Duties; Maj.-Gen. A. T. Hamman, from DHQ, to AHQ Garrison, and appointed Commander; Maj.-Gen. O. A. Akinyemi, from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, to Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos, as Deputy Commandant; while Maj.-Gen. M. H. Magaji has been redeployed from NA Amour School to Headquarters, NA Armour Corps, and appointed Commander, Maj.-Gen. M. A. Masanawa, from Defence Headquarters to NA Ordinance School, Lagos, as Commandant.
“Maj.-Gen. J. I. Unuigbe from AHQ Department of Logistics to DHQ and appointed Chief of Defence Logistics, Major General JGK Myam the erstwhile Commander AHQ Garrison Abuja is now the Commander NA Corps of Artillery. Major General GA Umelo has been redeployed from AHQ Department of Training and Operations to Headquarters 81 Division and appointed General Officer Commanding, Major General SE Udounwa from AHQ Department of Policy and Plans to Army War College Abuja as Commandant, Major General MO Enendu from Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre to NA College of Logistics and appointed Commandant, Major General GS Abdullahi from DHQ to Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria and appointed Director General, Major General BN Salami from NA School of Supply and Transport is now redeployed to Headquarters NA Corps of Supply and Transport as Commander.
“Others are: Colonel B Sarki from Defence Intelligence College to 6 Military Intelligence Brigade and appointed Acting Commander, Colonel KO Ogunsoya from DHQ to Headquarters Directorate of Army Public Relations and appointed Chief of Staff, Colonel TO Antigha from Headquarters Multinational Joint Task Force Ndjamena to Defence Headquarters and appointed Acting Executive Director Armed Forces Radio, Colonel MM Dole from Headquarters Directorate of Army Public Relations to Headquarters Multinational Joint Task Force Ndjamena and appointed Military Public Information Officer, Colonel AF Maimagani is to remain in Headquarters Directorate of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic) as Acting Director Chaplain (Roman Catholic).”
The redeployment coincided with the House of Representatives expressing concern over the voluntary resignation of about 356 soldiers from the Army and warned against a possible drift to anarchy if nothing is done to curtail such occurrences.
Adopting a motion of urgent public importance moved by the House Chief Whip, Mohammed Tahir Mongunu, the House asked its Committee on Army to investigate the reported resignation of the soldiers.
The motion was sponsored by Mohammed Tahir Mongunu, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, Ndudi Elumelu and Toby Okechukwu.
Credit: The Nation