The Nigerian Army Council has approved the promotion of 34 Brigadiers General to the rank of Majors General and 47 Colonels to the rank of Brigadiers General respectively.
The new promotion was announced on Sunday in a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa.
Those promoted to the rank of Major General, according to Musa are: Brigadiers-General. S. Idris, Defence Headquarters; D.C. Onyemulu, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre Oshodi and B.O. Sawyer, Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans.
Others are: G.S. Abdullahi, Defence Headquarters; I.M. Obot, Nigerian Army Resource Centre; A.L. Lawal, Nigerian High Commission, Cairo, Egypt and L.A. Adegboye, 82 Division Headquarters, Enugu.
Also on the list are A.B. Ibrahim, Department of Training and Operations; P.B. Fakroga,Nigerian Headquarters, Army Women Corps; C.K. Nwosu, Nigerian Army Special Forces School, Buni Yadi and H.I. Bature,Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters, Minna.
The other new Brigadiers- General are A.L. Dusu, Defence Headquarters; M.A. Masanawa, Ammunition Central Depot Agunu, Kachia; J.A. Ataguba, Land Forces Simulation Centre, Abuja; A.E. Attu, National Defence College, Abuja; B.A. Isandu, Nigerian Army Intelligence School, Lagos; S.S. Araoye, Command Engineering Depot, Kaduna and M.S. Ahmed, SI List, Nigerian Embasy, Riyadh.
They also include G.A.T. Ochigbano, Army Headquarters, Department of Military Secretary; T.A. Lagbaja, Headquarters 2 Brigade, Abak, Uyo; L.A. Fejokwu, Army Headquarters, Department of Administration; P.E. Eromosele, National Defence College; A.M. Alabi, Headquarters, Theatre Command Operation, LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri.
Musa further disclosed that Brigadier Generals G.O. Adesina, Department of Policy and Plans; M.M. Bunza, Nigerian Military School, Zaria; A.A. Adesope, Directorate of Audit and Financial Management, Office of the Chief of Army Staff and K.I. Muktar, Army Department of Administration were also promoted.
He added that O.O. Olatunde, 35 Brigade Headquarters – was posthumously promoted while E.A Ndagi, Office of the National Security Adviser; K.O. Aligbe, Defence Headquarters; U.A. Yusuf, African Standby Forces, ECOWAS Headquarters, Abuja were on the list of the newly promoted major generals.
According to him, O.C. Ajunwa, Nigerian Embassy, Brasilia; F.O. Omoigui, Department of Training and Operations (Army) and O.A. Akinyemi, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Lagos were also promoted.
“Those promoted to Brigadier Generals are Colonels B.Y.D. Sakaba, Defence Headquarters Abuja; A.Y. Bwala, 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha; A.A. Adekoya, Defence Intelligence Agency, NJ Edet Headquarters 81 Division, Lagos; E.C. Obi-Osang, Headquarters, Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, Buni Yadi.
“They also include A.O. Arogbofa, Headquarters, 102 Division Equipment Support; S. Nicodemus, Headquarters, 6 Division, Portharcourt; W.B. Idris, 17 Brigade, Katsina; I.O. Olatunji, Headquarters, 8 Division, Sokoto and S.T. Audu, Headquarters, 21 Brigade, Yola.
“Others are U.T. Opuene, Headquarters, Infantry Corps Centre, Jaji; M.D. Abumawashi, Headquarters, OPERATION LAFIA DOLE, Maiduguri; L.G. Lepdung, Headquarters, Infantry Corps, Jaji, Kaduna; A.O.D. Okoro, Department of Army Administration; A.S.M. Wase, Department of Training and Operations (Army) and A.L. Okpodu, Nigerian Army Aviation.
“They also include S. Nuhu, Department of Training and Operations (Army); E.O. Ojo, Special Task Force, Operation SAFE HAVEN; J.R. Lar, 31 Artillery Brigade Garrison, Minna and S.J.A. Ilori, Department of Army Transformation and Innovation.
“Also elevated to Brigadiers General are N.B. Ebulue, Defence Intelligence Agency; K.O. Ukandu, Army Headquarters Department of Administration; A.G. Laka ,Army War College, Abuja; E.I. Etuk, Multinational Joint Task Force, N’Djamena,Chad; M.E. Onoja, 1 Military Intelligence Brigade, Kaduna and E.I. Okoro, Nigerian Army War College.
“M.B. Wabili, Nigerian Army Super Camp Benisheik;K.E. Chigbu, Army Headquarters, Department of Training and Operations; S.O. Nwafor, 303 Artillery Regiment General Support and I. Otu, 7 Division Headquarters, Maiduguri are also on the list,” he said.
Others are S.O. Adejimi, Headquarters, 6 Division Supply and Transport; S.D. Makolo, Headquarters, Department of Transformation and Innovation; V.D. Beryo, Headquarters, Ordnance Corps; M.O. Erebulu, 2 Provost Group, Ibadan and A. Idris, Directorate of Army Reserve Recruitment and Resettlement.
“They also include C.A. Ataki, Department of Policy and Plans (Army); F.O. Omata, Special Task Force, Operation SAFE HAVEN; C.C. Ogbu, Institute of Army Education; A.E. Owiriwa, 82 Division, Ordnance Services; R.O.O. Cole, Nigerian Army Ordnance Tailoring Factory, Yaba, Lagos and T.I. Gusau, Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja.
“Among those promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, G.C. Nkenke, 8 Division, Supply and Transport; M. Galadima, Headquarters, Nigerian Army Finance Corps, Apapa, Lagos and M. Auta, Nigerian Army University, Biu,” he added.
Musa disclosed that the Acting Director of Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu, had also been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
“Other are I. Ahmed, Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna; S. Nuhu, Army Headquarters,Department of Administration and A.A.W. Hassan, Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai congratulates the beneficiaries and charged them to redouble their efforts in the discharge of their responsibilities,” he said.