The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has appointed new commanders for Operation Lafiya Dole, the military task force tackling Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, after hinting that deployments were in the offing for newly promoted officers of the Army.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, listing those newly promoted as: Maj.-Gen. O.T. Akinjobi, Head of the Operations Monitoring Team at the Office of the Chief of Army Staff, has been appointed Commander, Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole.
Buratai had, shortly after decorating the newly-promoted senior officers on Thursday in Abuja, said, “some of you that have been promoted and decorated today (yesterday) are only waiting for today and by tomorrow (today), I expect you to pick your bags and start heading towards the North East.
“Some of you have no option than to move in straight there. The posting is already out and the military secretary should be able to read it out to you as soon as we finish. Many of you will be heading to the North East. Please, the spouses, madam, please, keep the home fronts very well; you will not miss them.”
The Army spokesman however continued that Maj.-Gen. M.G. Ali, Commander, 9 Brigade, has been appointed Commander of the newly created Nigerian Army Special Forces Command.
He said that Brig.-Gen. B.R. Sinjen would command Integrated Fire Support, while Brig.-Gen. F.O. Omoigui, had been moved from 2 Division, Nigerian Army to Army Headquarters’ Department of Training and Operations as Director of Operations.
Usman stated that the deployment moved Brig.-Gen. T.A. Lagbaja to 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army as commander.
Also affected, Usman said, was Brig.-Gen. O.R. Aiyenigba, Director, Land Warfare, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, who had been assigned to Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Head of Operations Monitoring Team.
According to him, Brig.-Gen. A.U. Kuliya is to take over as Director, Land Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
“Similarly, new Brigade Commanders have been appointed for some of the Brigades at Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
“These include Brig.-Gen. E.F. Oyinlola, 22 Brigade; Brig.-Gen. V.U. Okoro, 25 Task Force Brigade; Brig.-Gen. A.B. Mohammed, 26 Task Force Brigade and Brig.-Gen. A.O. Oyelade, 27 Task Force Brigade.
“Brig.-Gen. M.T. Usman, 28 Task Force Brigade and Brig.-Gen. M.G. Kangye, 37 Brigade.’’
The army spokesman added that Brig.-Gen. A.S. Ishaq had been appointed as Coordinator, Nigeria Police Force for Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
He also announced that new commanders had been appointed for the various Army Headquarters Logistics Commands at the theatre.
“These include Brig.-Gen. A.G. Ibrahim, Brig.-Gen. P.N. Okeson and Brig.-Gen. O.A. Aminu, for Logistics Base I, II and III, respectively.”
Usman said the posting affected several Commanding Officers of the various units in Operation Lafiya Dole.
The statement added that Buratai had directed that all those affected by the posting must remain committed and fully in charge until they were properly relieved in line with standard operating procedures and military professional ethics.