Chief of Army Staff , Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika
Senator Iroegbu â€¨in Abujaâ€¨
The Nigerian Army Council in one of its first major decisions since the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, was reappointed early October, has approved the promotion of about 150 senior officers, including 22 of them elevated to the rank of Major-General.
The Army Council in a statement signed yesterday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Mobolaji Koleosho, who is also a beneficiary, announced the promotion of 22 Brigadier-Generals to the rank of Major General, 37 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier-General, while 91 Lieutenant Colonels were elevated to the rank of Colonel.
Among those promoted to the substantive rank of Major General are Brig-Gen. NO Ojiji, of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), the Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Brig Gen HA Salihu, Brig-Gen. SZ Uba of the Defence Headquarters, and Brig. Gen. ET Nienge of the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport.
Others elevated to the rank of Major General, include Brig-Gen. David Enetie of Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre, Brig-Gen. Mashudy O. Adekanye of the Nigerian Army Ordnance School, Commander of 23 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. John N. Nwaoga, and Brig-Gen. Patrick G. Ogah of Army Headquarters Directorate of Training and Operations.
The other newly-promoted Major Generals are Brig. Gen. Donald MN Oji of Nigerian Army Signals School; Brig-Gen. Tanko Y. Gaiya of the AFCSC; Brig-Gen. Bamidele O. Ologundudu of the Nigerian Defence College (NDC).
Brig. Gen. Abbas O. Adekanye of the Central Workshop; Commander 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Tamunomieibi I. Dibi; Commander 2 Brigade, Brig Gen Tukur Y. Buratai; Commander 4 Brigade, Brig Gen Obi A. Umahi; Brig. Gen. Chuckwudi BB Odunukwe of the Directorate of Data Processing; the Defence Attache to China, Brig. Gen. Sulaiman D. Aliyu; Brig Gen Junaid S. Bindawa of the Nigerian Army Armoured School (NAAS); Brig. Gen. Obidah T. Ethan serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); Brig. Gen. Obasina A. Ogunbiyi of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps and Brig. Gen. Friday M. Airende of the Special Vehicle Plant.
Those promoted to the substantive rank of Brigadier General include Colonel Adekunle O. Shodunke of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ); Colonel Ahmed M. Sabo of Army Headquarters Directorate of Administration (AHQ DOAA); Commander 54 Division Signals, Colonel Joseph A. Orokpo; Colonel Ibrahim Attahiru of DHQ; and Colonel Peter J. Dauke of NAAS.
Others are Colonel Henry E. Ayamasaowei of the Nigerian Defence Academy; Colonel Augustine CC Agundu of Army Headquarters Garrison, Colonel Okwudili F. Azinta of the Joint Task Force Headquarters (Operation Pulo Shield) and Colonel Dennis M. Onoyiveta of the DHQ, who was a former Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to President Umar Musa Yar ‘Adua.