THE new structure of the Nigerian military became clearer yesterday with the release of postings and appointments in both Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy.
While 107 senior officers of the Army, comprising 36 Major Generals, 51 Brigadier Generals and 20 Colonels were affected, a total of 75 senior officers, involving 29 Rear Admirals, 28 Commodores and 18 Captains were moved in the Navy.
On February 6 (Tuesday last week), the Nigeria Air Force released its postings and appointments, which affected 116 of its senior officers. It affected four Air Officers Commanding, four Branch Chiefs at the Headquarters and Commandants of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi.
In the redeployment of top officers of the Nigerian Army effected last Monday by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kennneth Tobiah Jonah Minimah, five of the six Divisions of the Nigerian Army got new General Officers Commanding (GOCs). For the Navy, three of its five operational commands have new Flag Officers Commanding (FOCs). In the Army, they include Maj.-Gen. K.C. Osuji, who moves from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) to Headquarters (HQ) I Mechanised Division, Kaduna as GOC; Maj.-Gen. J.S. Zaruwa moves from the Ministry of Defence to HQ, 3 Division, Jos as GOC; Maj.-Gen. T.I Dibi, who moves from Army Headquarters (AHQ) Garrison, Abuja to HQ, 81 Division, Lagos as GOC; Maj.-Gen. E.F. Abejirin, who moves from AHQ to HQ, 2 Division, Ibadan as GOC while Maj.-Gen. S. Yusuf moves to HQ, 82 Division Enugu as GOC. The GOC, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Maj.-Gen. Junaid Bindawa, had his appointment reconfirmed by Gen. Minimah.
In the Navy, Rear Admiral S.H. Usman moves from Central Naval Command to the Logistics Command as Flag Officer Commanding. Rear Admiral P.A. Agba is the new Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Yenagoa and Rear Admiral O.C. Medani is the new Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Calabar.
Sources told The Guardian that before releasing the redeployments on Monday evening, General Minimah sought and received the approval of President Goodluck Jonathan. He also discussed with the Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr. Labaran Maku and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh.
In addition, in the appointment of GOCs for the six Divisions of the Nigerian Army (four Infantry and two Armoured), each is now manned by senior officers from the relevant corps.
Another feature of the redeployments is that seniority was embraced in the appointment of General Officers Commanding (GOCs). For example, I Division is manned by Maj.-Gen. Osuji member of Course 26, 81 Divisions by Course 27, 3 Division by Course 27 while 82 Division by Course 31. In addition, in the appointment of the GOCs, four are from the geographical North (two from North-West and one each from North-East and North-Central geo-political zones) while two are from the South (South East and South-South geo-political zones).
In the other details of the postings, Maj.-Gen. N.O. Amarie is the new Commandant of Nigerian Army School of Medical Sciences, Ojo Lagos; Maj.-Gen. E.B. Awala, formerly Military Secretary (Army), is the new Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP), DHQ, Maj.-Gen. J.A.H. Ewansiha moves from Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation to Chief of Training and Operations, all within AHQ, Maj.-Gen. Nwaogbo is the new Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), Maj.-Gen. S.Z. Uba is the new Commander of Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Maj.-Gen. O.S. Adeosun is the new Chief of Logistics (Army), Maj.-Gen. J.N. Nwaoga moves to DHQ as Director of Policy, Maj.-Gen. A. Chukwu is the new Chief of Civil-Military Affairs.
Other appointments include Maj.-Gen. A.T. Jibrin, who moves from GOC 2 Division to AHQ as Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation; Maj.-Gen. R.I.D. Isa, Provost Marshal, Nigerian Army, is now Coordinator of Peace Keeping Operations, Ministry of Defence; Maj. Gen. G.A Wahab, GOC 1 Division is the new Chief of Administration (Army); Maj.-Gen. E.J. Atewe moves from Commander, Guards Brigade to Headquarters, Joint Task Force (Operation PULO SHIELD) as Commander; Maj.-Gen. S.N. Muazu (Commandant, Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre), Maj.-Gen. P.A.T. Akem (Provost Marshal, Army); Maj.-Gen. O.A. Umahi (moves from GOC 81 Division to Defence Headquarters as Director of Administration), Maj.-Gen. C.O. Okoro (Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry), Maj.-Gen. S.D. Aliyu (Defence Adviser, Beijin to Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi as Deputy Commandant); Maj.-Gen. A.A. Salihu (Nigerian Army School of Signals), Maj.-Gen. I.I. Abbah (Military Secretary, Army), Brig.-Gen. B.T. Ndiomu (Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison), Brig.-Gen. A.B. Omozeje (Commander, Guards Brigade) and Brig.-Gen. M.D. Onoyiveta (Chief of Staff to Chief of Army Staff/Head, Office of Monitoring Team).
For the Navy, Rear Admiral E.O. Ogbor, formerly Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, is now Chief of Administration, Defence Headquarters. Rear Admiral S.A. Akinwale, Director of Logistics at Defence Headquarters, is the new Director, Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Rear Admiral A.O.A. Ikioda, Chief of Policy and Plans; Rear Admiral I.E. Ibas, Chief of Logistics and Rear Admiral I.A. Oyagha, Chief of Training and Operations, all at the Naval Headquarters.
Other senior officers redeployed include Rear Admiral I.A. Ajuonu, Group Managing Director /CEO Navy Holdings Limited, Rear Admiral O.E. Ekwe; Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard Limited, Rear Admiral D.O. Osuofa, Navy Secretary while Rear Admiral A.B. Afolayan resumes as Director of Medical Services. Also Rear Admiral O.P. Ozojiofor is the Director of Training at the Defence Headquarters while Rear Admiral A. Shettima is the Managing Director, Naval Hotels and Suites Limited.
Other Rear Admirals affected by the redeployment include Rear Admiral O.U. Emele as Director of Logistics, Defence Headquarters; Rear Admiral A. Johnson, Commander, Fleet Support Group (West); Rear Admiral L.O.N. Iwuoha, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre and Rear Admiral H.O. Ngonadi, Director of Development at the Defence Headquarters; Surgeon Rear Admiral T.G.S. Epelle, Director Medical (Admin/Logistics) Defence Headquarters; Rear Admiral E.G. Ofik, Chief Staff Officer, Western Naval Command and Rear Admiral S.E. Ogoigbe, Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.
Rear Admiral A.L. Akintola is posted to Naval Shipyard Port Harcourt as the Admiral Superintendent; Rear Admiral J.K.Z. Ango is now the Director of Plans at the Defence Headquarters while Rear Admiral A.A. Osinowo is now the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Naval Training Command, Apapa Lagos. Also, Rear Admiral R.O. Osondu is now appointed as the Chief Staff Officer, Logistics Command, Oghara; Rear Admiral J.O. Oluwole, Director of Equipment, Standardisation and Harmonisation at the Defence Headquarters and Rear Admiral F.D. Bobai, Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Eastern Naval Command.
The new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Naval Engineering Services Limited is Rear Admiral A.O. Odeh. Rear Admiral S.A. Ahmadu is now the Commander, Central Pay Office, Apapa, Lagos. Commodore O.E. Uwadiae is the Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore E.G. Ochai, Commander NNS PATHFINDER and Commodore B.T. Yusuf has been appointed as Director of Naval Accounts.
Director of Naval Information said that all Naval appointments have effective dates ranging from 14 – 27 February 2014.
The new Air Officers Commanding are: Air Vice Marshal Umar Omeiza (Tactical Air Command, Makurdi); Air Vice Marshal Samuel Abosede (Mobility Command, Yenagoa); Air Vice Marshal Salihu Bala-Ribah (Training Command, Kaduna) and Air Vice Marshal Mike Iloenyosi (Logistics Command, Lagos).
The new leadership at the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force include Air Vice Marshal James Gbum (Chief of Policy and Plans); Air Vice Marshal Tayo Oguntoyinbo (Chief of Training and Operations); Air Vice Marshal Christian Chukwu (Chief of Administration); Air Commodore Isaac Odunayo (Acting Chief of Aircraft Engineering); Air Vice Marshal Abba Zannah (Air Secretary). Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan (Commandant, Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi and; Air Vice Marshal John Ifemeje, Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mamu, Group Managing Director, Nigerian Air Force Holding Company.
Also affected in the new postings were Air Vice Marshals Ahmed Iya (Chief of Policy and Plans, Defence Headquarters), Sadiq Abubakar (Chief of Defence Communications) and Bashir Saidu (Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence). In the same vein, Air Vice Marshals E.N. Nzokala, F.B. Nyoyoko, S. Ahmed and E.C Akogu take charge as Directors of Policy, Project Implementation and Monitoring Team, Evaluation and Operations at the Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force.
Other newly appointed directors are Air Commodores J.B. Adigun (Finance and Accounts); P.A. Imaji (Plans); S.B. Musa (Museum and Achieves); O. Olutoye (Medical Services); M.A. Soladoye (Research and Development); K.E. Adedeji (Intelligence); S.O. Akpasa (Safety); E.F. Golit (Administration) and M.O.D. Idonibo (Personnel Management).
Air Vice Marshals T.L. Danbaki, E.E. Agwungwu and R.A. Ojuawo are the new Senior Air Staff Officers for Mobility Command, Training Command and Tactical Air Command. Air Commodore M.R Dabo moves to Military Pensions Board as Chairman; Air Commodore A.A. Malomo (Managing Director, Nigerian Air Force Investment Limited) while Air Commodore C.O.E. Usoh takes over as Chairman, National Committee on the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria.
Also, new Commanders were appointed for the Service. They include Air Commodores N.A. Sanusi (435 Base Services Group); A.Y. Bello (106 NAF Camp); J.A. Gbamwuan (401 Aircraft Maintenance Depot), B.A. Abakpa (205 Rotary Group); A.A. Jekennu (97 Special Operation Group); A.O. Oyewole (209 Executive Airlift Group); B.U. Chiobi (National Air Defence Corps); S.J. Wukangha (335 Base Services Group); P.J. Usman (Quick Response Force); S.A. Zakari (401 Equipment Supply Depot); I.O. Amao (99 Air Combat Training Group); J.K. Baba (303 Flying Training School), T.A. Awoyoola (339 Base Services Group); D.S. Bausa (37 Base Services Group), A.G. Pani (104 Personnel Management Group); M.A. Idris (64 Air Defence Group); U.S. Suleiman (103 Pay and Accounting Group) and O.A. Adesanya (Nigerian Air Force Detachment).
The redeployments, which were approved by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, take immediate effect and is a result of the “the recent change in the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force.” Following the appointment of Air Marshal as Chief of Air Staff, about nine officers who were senior to him in service had to disengage from service.