The Federal Government has carried out a massive shake-up at the top echelon of the Nigerian Army with appointment of new General Officers Commanding (GOCs) the Divisions of the Nigerian Army as well as new Principal Staff Officers to run the affairs of Army headquarters.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai has also appointed new Corps Commanders, Special Task Forces Commanders, a new Commander for the Multi-national Joint Task Force to tackle Boko Haram, new Brigade Commanders as well as new Defence Advisers in Nigeria’s foreign missions abroad.
The newly appointed GOCs are Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, GOC ‘1’ Division, Kaduna. Major General L.C. Ilo, GOS 2 Division, Ibadan. He replaces Major General SM Muazu who is appointed Commander, Infantry Corps, Jaji; Major General H. Umaru is the new GOC 3 Armoured Division, Jos.
Others are Major General M.A Koleoso, new Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Minna. He takes over from the new Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Olonishakin. Major General H. Edet, new GOC 81 Division, Lagos. He was formerly the Commandant, Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC), Kotangora;
Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru formerly the Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade, Calabar is the Acting GOC, 82 Division, Enugu. He takes over from Major General S. Yusuf who is redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Training and Operations.
By Olisemeka Obeche