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Nigerian Army redeploys GOCs, other top officers

On 15 February, the Nigerian Army redeployed 29 Major Generals including General Officers Commanding (GOCs) divisions, along with 42 brigadier generals.

A statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Directorate of Army Public Relations, Colonel Usman Abdul said the GOC 1 Division, Kaduna, Major General Joseph Shoboiki, moves to Defence Headquarters as Director of Policy while former Director of Training at the Army Headquarters, Major General Garba Ayodele Wahab now takes over as GOC 1 Division.

Major General J. O. Nwaogbo, until recently commander of the military Joint Task Force in Borno State, is now GOC 3 Division, Jos while Major General Sunday O. Idoko moved from the 82 Division, Enugu as GOC to become Chief of Logistics (COLOG) Army Headquarters. Major General O.O. Oshinowo, Head of the Special Task Force (STF), Jos, is now GOC 82 Division.

The Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery (NACA), Major General Emmanuel Etim Bassey, has been appointed Chief of Administration at Army Headquarters while Major General M.B. Ibrahim, formerly of Defence Headquarters now commands the Special Task Force (STF) Jos.

Major General A.T. Jibrin and Major General U. Buzugbe have been confirmed as Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) and Military Secretary (Army) respectively.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Raphael Ishaku Isa, is now the Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army while Major General J.S. Zaruwa is the new Commander of the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) in Jaji. Major General A.S. Agha-Okoro of the Department of Army Training and Operations (DATOPS) at the Army Headquarters is now the Director, Legal Services (DLS).

Others appointments include Commander 3 Brigade, Brigadier General I. I. Abbah; Commander 31 Brigade, Brigadier General Ilouga; and Commander 21 Brigade, Brigadier General R.O. Bamigboye.

Brigadier General C. O. Okoro, of 81 Division is now Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), while Brigadier General M. A. Koleoso becomes Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander for the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

April Polls: NSCDC deploying 3,550 officers and men to Plateau State

Dr ADE ABOLURIN, Commandant General, NSCDC

On 15 March, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Plateau State, Mr Desmond C. Agu announced that the Corps would be deploying 3,550 of its men to various parts of the State during the general elections in April. He said his men have concluded their in-house training in readiness for the exercise, and that they would be deployed across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Speaking in Jos, Agu appealed to all stakeholders to assist security agencies in the state by conducting themselves responsibly, in order to ensure free, fair and hitch-free elections.

He appealed to all “candidates, politicians and the electorate to assist security agencies in Plateau State by conducting themselves well during the exercise”. He urged politicians, in particular, to embrace peace and address any grievances through legal means.

He added that the Corps would work with the police and other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free exercise, warning that “security agents will not take it lightly with anyone who foments trouble before, during and after the elections”.

The commandant also warned his men not to allow themselves to be used by politicians, as anyone caught in partisan activities would be dealt with.

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