By John Ikani
The Nigerian Army on Saturday evening announced the appointment of Maj Gen BO Sawyer, the erstwhile Commandant Nigerian Army Armoured School, as the new Director Defence Information.
Maj Gen Sawyer replaced Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu who is currently the Director Army Public Relations.
A statement by Nigerian Army explained that the new appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), Field Commanders and other key staff is aimed at providing the much needed vigour in the Nigerian Army (NA).
The new redeployment also saw Maj Gen AK Ibrahim takes over as the Force Commander Multi National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena from Maj Gen IS Ali who assumed command as the General Officer Commanding 3 Division and also double as the Commander Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven.
According the statement signed by Army Spokesperson, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the appointments take immediate effect.
He said: “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 will 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 approved the appointment of the Commandant Nigerian Army Armoured School, Maj Gen BO Sawyer as the new Director Defence Information while the Chief of Operations Army, Maj Gen IM Yusuf becomes the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy. 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.
“Equally, 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)”.
He added that, “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. The appointments he said were aimed to rejig for efficiency in command and administration within the NA”.
These appointments he reiterated, take effect immediately.