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10 things to know about new COAS, Farouk Yahaya


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has appointed a new army chief, Major General Farouk Yahaya who previously commanded troops operating in the northeast where security forces are fighting an Islamist insurgency.

His appointment was announced after the death of the military head’s predecessor in a plane crash last week.

Here are 10 things to know about the new Chief of Army Staff:

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1.  Farouk Yahaya was born on January 5, 1966 in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto state.

2. Major Gen. Farouk Yahaya is an indigene of Zamfara State.

3. He started his cadet training on September 27, 1985

4. The new COAS was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on September 22, 1990.

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5. Major Gen. Farouk Yahaya was the former General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.

6. The new COAS was also a Commander of 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army.

7. Farouk Yahaya was Deputy Director Army Headquarters

8. He was Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield

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9. Yahaya is of Regular course 37 of the Nigerian Defense Academy.

10. Until his recent appointment, Yahaya was the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter-terrorism military outfit in the North East code-named ‘Operation Hadin Kai’