Army redeploys anti-Boko Haram war commander, 12 generals in shakeup

THE PUNCH Newspaper- Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday redeployed no fewer than 13 Major Generals and Brigadier Generals, including the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, who has been replaced by Maj. Gen. Faruk Yahaya.

Adeniyi, who was seen two days ago in a viral video reportedly complaining about the state of fighting equipment in the North-East, has been moved to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as a Senior Research Fellow.

The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said in a statement the redeployment was to “rekindle the spirit of professionalism and approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai” in a routine exercise intended to reinvigorate the system.

Musa said, “The major highlights of the posting include the posting and appointment of Major General A.C. Agundu from the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, as a Senior Research Fellow; Major General H.I. Bature from Defence Headquarters, Liaison Office National Assembly, Abuja, to the Army Headquarters, Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs.

“Also, Major General U.M. Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (has been moved) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser, Nigerian Army University, Biu.

“Major General F. Yahaya has been moved from Headquarters, 1 Division, Kaduna, to Headquarters, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, and appointed Commander, while Major General O.G. Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters, Theatre Command to the NARC as a Senior Research Fellow.”

The army spokesman also said the exercise affected some brigadier generals and some colonels.

He said, “The postings and appointments take effect from April 1. While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff enjoins them to take their new responsibilities and appointments seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the country.”


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