CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF LT GEN AZUBUIKE IHEJIRIKA
By Senator Iroegbu
As the Federal Government continues to tighten security around the country in the wake of challenges posed by terrorist groups and insurgency, the Nigerian Army Wednesday re-jigged its formations with the redeployment of 72 of its generals. Of the number, 29 are major generals while 43 are brigadier generals.
A statement by Col. Usman Abdul, on behalf of the Director, Army Public Relations, said the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Maj.-Gen. Joseph Shoboiki, has been moved to Defence Headquarters as Director of Policy (D Pol.), while former Director of Training at the Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Garba Ayodele Wahab, becomes the GOC 1 Division.
The service also said in the statement that Maj.-Gen. J. O. Nwaogbo has been appointed the new GOC 3 Division, while Maj.-Gen. Sunday. O. Idoko leaves 82 Division, to become the Chief of Logistics (COLOG) at the Army Headquarters. Maj-Gen. O. O. Oshinowo, of the Special Task Force (STF), Jos, is now GOC 82 Division.
The Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery (NACA), Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Etim Bassey, was appointed Chief of Administration at Army Headquarters, while Maj-Gen. M. B. Ibrahim, formerly of Defence Headquarters, now commands the Special Task Force (STF) in Jos.
The statement added that Maj-Gen. A. T. Jibrin and Maj.-Gen. U. Buzugbe were confirmed as Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) and Military Secretary (Army), respectively.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Raphael Ishaku Isa, is now the Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army while the new Commander of the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji, is Maj-Gen. J. S. Zaruwa.
Maj.-Gen. A. S. Agha-Okoro, who until now, was at the Department of Army Training and Operations (DATOPS), at the Army Headquarters, is now the Director, Legal Services (DLS).
Other appointments include the Commander, 3 Brigade, Brig-Gen. I. I. Abbah; Commander, 31 Brigade, Brig-Gen. Ilouga; Commander; 21 Brigade, and Brig-Gen. R. O. Bamigboye, Chief of Staff, 81 Division.
Others are Brig-Gen. C. O. Okoro as the new Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); and Brig-Gen. M. A. Koleoso who is now Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander for United Nations Mission in Dafur (UNAMID)