Boko Haram: Army Appoints New Theatre Commander, Rejigs 102 Others 


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By Augustine Osayande
The Nigerian Army has appointed Major-General Benson Akinroluyo as new commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, the Nigerian Army Spokesman, Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, has said. His appointment is one the 103 postings and appointments effected by the army.

According to him, Akinroluyo takes over from Major-General Abba Dikko who was moved to the Department of Civil-Military Affairs as the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Nigerian Army Headquarter.

Chukwu said the redeployment which affected 103 officers included Majors and Captains, is aimed at injecting new hands to further actualize the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai. 
The Army spokesman also said that a Deputy Vice-Chancellor has been appointed for the newly established Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB). 

“The posting that affected 103 officers including Majors and Captains is aimed at injecting new hands to further actualize the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai which is To have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles. 

“It will be recalled that before this redeployment, the Chief of Army Staff had this week sent a goodwill message to the troops congratulating them for their bravery, alertness and doggedness in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs)” Chukwu said.

He added that those affected in the redeployment are the Commander, Headquarters Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major-General Abba Dikko who moves to the Department of Civil-Military Affairs as the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major-General Jamil Sarham to remain in Headquarters 6 Division as the General Officer Commanding/Land Component Commander, and Major-General Nuhu Angbazo now moves to Headquarters, 3 Division as the General Officer Commanding.

Others are Major General Victor Ezugwu from Depot Nigerian Army to Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Major General Adeyemi Adetayo from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Department of Army Standard and Evaluation as Director Procurement and Projects and Brigadier General Ifiok Obot redeployed from Headquarters Operation DELTA SAFE to Nigerian Army University Biu as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Military).
Also affected in the redeployment are Brigadier General Olufemi Dada from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as Director Combat Development, Brigadier General Solomon Udounwa redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Deputy Director Campaign planning, and Brigadier General Adekunle Adesope from Department of Army Standard and Evaluation to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Acting Director in the Directorate of Audit and Financial Management.

Others are Brigadier General Caleb Dalhatu, who moves from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre to Headquarters 81 Division Garrison as Commander, Brigadier General Abdu Hassan redeployed from Headquarters 2 Brigade to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre as Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Kabir Mukhtar from Headquarters 81 Division Garrison to Headquarters Department of Army Administration as Acting Director Manpower, and Brigadier General Nasiru Jega, redeployed to Headquarters 2 Brigade as Commander.

Also affected  are Brigadier General Sani Mohammed, who moves from Department of Administration to Depot Nigerian Army as Acting Commandant, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, remains in Headquarters 16 Brigade as Commander, Colonel Adamu Nura from Headquarters 21 Special Armour Brigade to Nigerian Army Armour School as Chief Instructor, Colonel Louis Lepdung, redeployed from Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre as Deputy Director Research and Development, and Colonel Kingsley Umoh from Administrative  Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Defence Headquarters as Assistant Director Defence Information and Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, who moves from Headquarters 3 Division Army Public Relations to Defence Headquarters Garrison Army Public Relations as Deputy Director Army Public Relations.

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