Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new general officers commanding (GOCs) and redeployment of several commanders to boost its operational efficiency and effectiveness.
The posting approved by Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, is with immediate effect.
Acting director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, who made this known in a statement at the weekend, listed the new GOCs as Major-General H.O. Otiki, who is now in charge of 8 Division, while Major-General S.O. Olabanji, the former GOC, is now the Commander, Infantry Corps.
Musa listed others to include Brigadier-General H.I. Bature, from 34 Brigade to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, as Director, Examinations, while Brigadier-General T.O. Olowomeye, from Headquarters 33 Brigade, moves to Army Headquarters, Department of Civil-Military Affairs, as Director, Civil-Military Affairs.
“Similarly, Brigadier-General B.A. Mohammed, from 23 Brigade moves to Martin Luther Agwai International Peacekeeping Centre and appointed deputy commandant, Brigadier-General U.M. Bello, from Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command to 63 Brigade.
“Others affected by this development are Brigadier-General S.B. Kumapayi, from Army Headquarters, Department of Civil-Military Affairs, to Headquarters 14 Brigade as Commander, Brigadier-General N.M. Jega, from Headquarters 2 Brigade to 9 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier-General A.K. Ibrahim, from 14 Brigade to Army Headquarters, Department of Administration (Army) and appointed Deputy Director, Veteran Affairs Department, Retired Officers’ Cell, and Brigadier-General G.T.O. Ajetunmobi, from Headquarters Command, Army Records, to 31 Brigade as Commander.
“Accordingly, Brigadier-General O.G. Onubogu, from Army Headquarters, Department of Army Policy and Plans, to Headquarters 16 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier-General O.M. Bello, from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters 6 Division and appointed Chief of Staff, while Brigadier-General Z.L. Abubakar, from National Defence College to 32 Brigade and appointed Commander, and Brigadier-General A.A. Orukotan, from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters Command Army Records and appointed Chief of Staff, among others.”