The Nigerian Army has announced a major shake-up among its senior officers as part of efforts to re-strategize for better service delivery.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the director of Army information Sani Usman.
Most notable among the redeployment is Leo Irabor, who was the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter terrorism operation in the North East.
Irabor will now resume as the Field Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, which is the military task force involving all the countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, namely: Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Benin Republic.
I . Attahiru, also a Major General takes over as new Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.
According to Usman, the Nigerian Army posted 147 officers into Operation Lafiya Dole, some Divisions, formations and training schools.
The posting was released by the Office of the Military Secretary (Army), last week.
The army spokesman stated that: “Major General RO Yusuf, Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, is now the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna.
“Major General A Oyebade, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Nigerian Army, will move to Army Headquarters as Chief of Logistics (COLOG), in the same vein, Major General AM Dikko has been posted from the Office of the National Security Adviser to 1 Division as GOC, while Major General I Attahiru is now the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole.
“Major General Leo Irabor will now move to Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), as the Field Commander.
“Major General PJ Dauke has been posted from 3 Division to 81 Division as GOC and Brigadier General BI Ahanotu will be Acting GOC 3 Division.”
Usman further stated that former “Registrar of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Brigadier General IM Yusuf will be the Acting GOC 7 Division and Brigadier General SO Olabanji, the Commandant of Amphibious Training School Calabar, is now the Acting GOC 8 Task Force Division.”
“The GOC 81 Division, Major General EB Oyefolu, is now the Commander, Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC), Kontagora, while Brigadier General MG Ali, has been moved to Nigerian Army Special Forces School Buni Yadi, as Commandant from NATRAC.
“Brigadier General IM Obot is Brigade Commander 26 Task Force Brigade, while Brigadier General AO Quadri will move from the Office of the Chief of Army Staff to 25 Task Force Brigade as Commander.
He said others affected in the new posting include some Commanders and Staff Officers at the Defence, Army Headquarters and Brigades.