The Nigerian Army has approved the redeployment of some top officers in addition to the appointment of others into numerous positions.
SocialNaija reported that the government is facing pressure over Nigeria’s growing insecurity, and the military command has ordered a major reshuffle of senior officers, according to an army statement released on Friday.
Security forces in Nigeria are overstretched, fighting a 13-year insurgency in the north, bandit groups in the northwest, and southeast separatist movements.
The Nigerian armed forces were embarrassed this month over a sophisticated attack on a prison outside the capital, where jihadists struck near President Muhammadu Buhari’s villa and the international airport, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, was a major embarrassment.
Prior to President Buhari’s visit to his home state of northwestern Katsina, a convoy of the presidential security and protocol staff was ambushed. Gunmen also ambushed soldiers from the presidential guard just outside the capital this week again.
However, his critics say the administration has been unable to bring insecurity under control.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said on Wednesday that people are concerned about the increase in insecurity and we are in a very difficult situation.
However, I can guarantee you that there is no simple, straightforward approach to dealing with this issue unless we all stand together.
Insecurity is the reason opposition lawmakers this week threatened to impeach Buhari; however, because his APC party holds a majority, their effort is unlikely to succeed.
Bandit militias have also caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee from rural areas of the northwest, where they raid villages to loot and abduct scores of people in order to hold them for ransom in forest hideouts.
According to the announcement, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, ordered the restructuring in order to reposition the Nigerian Army (NA) for operational efficiency and proficiency.
Nwachukwu said that the redeployment of the highest officers was an effort to reposition the Nigerian Military for operational effectiveness and proficiency.
He stated that Commanding officers, brigade commanders, commanders of training institutions, and headquarters staff, among the army personnel, were affected by the changes.
A new commanding officer was appointed for Divisions 81 in Lagos, Divisions 82 in southeast Enugu, Division 1 in northeast Kaduna State, and Division 2 in southwest Oyo State.
Some of the senior officers appointed as General Officers Commanding (GOCs) 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, and Major General AS Chinade from Depot Nigerian Army to Headquarters 2 Division and appointed GOC.
The newly appointed Army Headquarters principal staff officers include Major General OW Ali from Headquarters Command Army Records to Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration and appointed Chief of Administration (Army), Major General 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 as Director Peace Keeping Operations, Major General AA Adesope from Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Accounts and Budget, Major General US Mohammed from Army Headquarters Department of Administration to Nigerian Army Resource Centre and appointment 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 of Policy Plans and Research, Major General MO Enendu from Nigerian Army College of Logistics to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director of 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 of Procurement.
The newly appointed corps commanders are Major General AM Alabi from Nigerian Army Ordnance School to Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps and appointed Corps Commander Ordnance, Major General A Mohammed from Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited and 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 the 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, Brigadier General 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, among others.
“The Chief of Military Officers has directed all of the newly appointed senior officers to redouble their effort and dedication to the obligation in tackling the safety challenges bedeviling the nation, as they assume their new appointments.”