Sola Ojo, Kaduna
As shakeup in Nigerian Army continues, Major General Steven Olabanji resumed as Nigerian Army Infantry Corps Commander yesterday.
Maj. Gen. Hakeem Otiki had been in charge of the corps since August 2018, before his redeployment as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Sokoto, as well as the commander of Operation Sharan Daji.
Addressing officers and soldiers during the handing and taking over ceremony at infantry corps centre Jaji, Kaduna, the outgoing army bigwig noted that the infantry corps has become the envy of other corps in the conduct of its operations lately.
He said he inherited a situation where troops overstayed in a particular operation for more than four years, “but, within the period I served as the corp cmmander, over 3,500 troops were rotated.”
“Infantry soldiers’ good effort has been reflecting in the battle front. I was able to transform positively, the infantry corps with the effort of the Chief of Army Staff.”
While wishing the incoming commander best of luck in his new responsibility, he urged the personnel to extend the maximum cooperation they gave him to his successor.
The new corps commander assured his predecessor of his determination to consolidate on his achievements.