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The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, has approved the appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), commandant of military training institutions, field commanders and a new Director, Defence Information, among other appointments.

Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the development, further stated that the appointment was contained in a statement released by the Department of Military Secretary in Abuja on Friday.

The statement was titled, ‘Nigerian Army appoints Principal Staff Officers, field commanders.’

Nwachukwu disclosed that the appointments, which takes immediate effect, are meant to bring about efficiency in the various commands administration in the Nigerian Army.

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It read, “The COAS approved the appointment of the Commandant of Nigerian Army Armoured School, Maj Gen BO Sawyer, as the new Director Defence Information while the Chief of Operations Army, Maj Gen IM Yusuf, becomes the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy.

“Maj Gen TA Gagariga will move from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Artillery Corps as Corps Commander Artillery and Maj Gen VO Ezugwu of Training and Doctrine Command becomes the Commander Infantry Corps. Maj Gen MA Yekini is the new Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj Gen MS Yusuf will take over as Chief of Defence Standard and Evaluation, while the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen AB Omozoje will take over as the Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.

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“Others are, Maj Gen SO Olabanji becomes the Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Maj Gen OA Akintade is the new Chief of Army Logistics, Maj Gen OT Akinjobi takes over as Chief of Operations (Army), Maj Gen JA Ataguba becomes the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation while Maj Gens KI Mukhtar and C Ofoche are the new Chief of Administration and Chief of Transformation and Innovation respectively. Maj Gen AB Ibrahim is appointed as Chief of Training (Army).

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“Among the new field commanders are Maj Gen AK Ibrahim who takes over as the Force Commander Multi National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena and Maj Gen IS Ali who becomes the General Officer Commanding 3 Division will double as the Commander Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven.

The COAS equally approved the appointment of Commanders, Commandants of NA Institutions, Directors and other key appointments at both Defence and Army levels. “

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