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Nigerian Army Redeploys Officers

The Nigerian Army Headquarters has approved new deployment and posting of officers to different formations, units and study engagements in the service.

In a memo dated September 23, the Department of Military Secretary authorised the appointment and posting of senior and junior officers between the ranks of lieutenant and major-general.

Shake-ups and redeployment of personnel are routine military activity. However, in recent years the Army has experienced more frequent shake-ups in response to operational and administrative exigencies.

Among the 11 major-generals and 10 brigadier-generals affected are Maj.-Gen. BI Ahanotu redeployed from the Department of Defence Administration to Nigerian Army Resource Centre, while Maj.-Gen. JS Malu was moved from Headquarters Nigerian Army Engineers to Department of Defence Standard and Evaluation.

The other senior officer affected is Maj.-Gen. MS Yusuf, a former commander of the Presidential Guards Brigade, from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria to Defence Headquarter, Abuja.

Maj.-Gen. MA Yekini remains At Defence Headquarters as Commander of Joint Military operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS). In 2018, the Defence Headquarters launched OPWS in Benue, parts of Nasarawa and Taraba states to tackle violence and criminality in the three states.

Twenty six colonels and lieutenant-colonels were also posted to new formations and units, including Col. MF Babayo who was deployed as Commander of the 25 Task Force Brigade (Army Super Camp 2) located in Damboa Local Government of Borno Area.

The former 25 TF Brigade Commander, Col. Dahiru Bako, died after a Boko Haram following an ambush on September 20. The officer died in hospital after surgery following injuries he sustained in the attack.

Majority of officers affected by the new posting are between the ranks of lieutenant and major.

In March and July, the Army Headquarters also reshuffled appointments and posting of officers, including 37 generals and five colonels to different formations and units across the country.

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