…Maj Gen Sawyer is new DDI
By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya has approved the appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), Field Commanders and other key staff that would provide the much needed vigour in his command of the Nigerian Army (NA).
This was disclosed through the NA Posting released by the Department of Military Secretary on Friday 2 July 2021.
The COAS also approved the posting of Maj Gen Sawyer as Director Defence Information (DDI)
The appointments were a routine exercise aimed at rejigging and reinvigorating the system for efficiency and professionalism in command and administration.
A statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu made available to Enugu Reporters on Saturday, said those who were affected in the new posting include Maj Gen BO Sawyer from Commandant Nigerian Army Armoured School, is now the new Director Defence Information while the Chief of Operations Army, Maj Gen IM Yusuf becomes the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy.
Others are 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.
Similarly, 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).
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.
These appointments according to the statement take immediate effect.