Army gets new spokesperson, redeploys 11 Generals, others in massive shakeup

The Nigerian Army has appointed Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu as its new spokesman and Maj.-Gen. C. G. Musa as the new Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai.

Until his new appointment, Nwachukwu was the Acting Director, Defence Information.

He also served as the Deputy Director of Public Relations at the Headquarters of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, now Operation Hadin Kai.

The seasoned Public Relations Officer is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan (UI) and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Maj.-Gen. Musa takes over as new Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, following the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Also, the Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment of 11 Generals and other senior officers in a major shakeup, following the appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya.

The redeployment is coming few days after 29 Generals, who are seniors to the COAS, were reportedly retired.

A statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, reads: “The Nigerian Army has released postings and appointments of senior officers. This is in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.

“Those affected in the reorganisation include: Maj.-Gen. F. O. Omoigui, from Headquarters, Theatre Command, Operation Hadin Kai to Land Forces Simulation Centre, Nigeria and appointed Director General; Maj.-Gen. C. G. Musa, from Nigerian Army Resource Centre, to Headquarters, Theatre Command, Operation Hadin Kai and appointed Theatre Commander; Maj.-Gen. O. R.  Aiyenigba, from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police and appointed Provost Marshal (Army), and  Maj.-Gen. I. M. Jallo, from Defence Space Administration to Headquarters, Theatre Command, Operation Hadin Kai and appointed Deputy Theatre Commander 1.

“Others affected in the posting include: Brig.-Gen. N. U. Muktar, from Nigeria High Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan, to Office of the COAS and appointed Director of Procurement; Brig.-Gen. = O. Nwachukwu, from Defence Headquarters (Director, Defence Information) to Headquarters, Directorate of Army Public Relations and appointed Director; Brig.-Gen. A. E. Abubakar, from Department of Training and Operations (Defunct) to Headquarters, 22 Brigade and appointed Commander; Brig.-Gen. K. O. Ukandu, from Office of the COAS (Director Procurement) to National Defence College and appointed Directing Staff.

“Brig.-Gen. I. B. Abubakar, from Nigerian Army Armour School to Army Headquarters, Department of Army Operations and appointed Deputy Director Operations; Brig.-Gen. A. M. Umar, from Army War College Nigeria to Office of the COAS and appointed Chief of Staff to the COAS, and Brig.-Gen. A. J. S. Gulani, from Nigerian Army Armour School to Headquarters, 24 Task Force Brigade and appointed Commander.

“Also affected are: Col. K. E. Inyang, from Headquarters, Department of Army Logistics, to Office of the COAS and appointed Military Assistant to the COAS; Col. O. O. Braimah, from Headquarters, Theatre Command of Operation Hadin Kai to the Nigeria High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan and appointed Defence Attaché; and Col. I. P. Omoke, from Office of the COAS to Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Assistor Director, Foreign Liaison/Liaison Officer (Army).

“The COAS, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, urged all the affected senior officers to justify the confidence reposed in them. All postings and appointments are with immediate effect.”

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