BOKO HARAM:MASSIVE SHAKE-UP IN THE ARMY…3 NEW GOCs EMERGE

VANGUARD
February 16, 2012
KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA

* Armoured and Artillery Corps Commanders redeployed as GOC and AHQ Branch Chief

* Major General Isa is new Provost Marshal, Corps of Military Police

* New Commander Special Task Force – OP SAFE HAVEN appointed

* New UNMIL Sector Commander, UNAMID Contingent Commander emerge

* New Commanders appointed for 21 Armoured Brigade, 31 Field Artillery Brigade and 3 Motorised Brigade.

Apparently miffed over the ease, with which Boko Haram sect attacked some military formations in the country recently, the Army high command, yesterday did a major stock taking and redeployed 72 Generals including three General Officers Commanding. GOCs, 26 other Major Generals and 43 Brigadiers-General.

The GOCs include those of the 1 Mechanized Division, Major General Joseph Shoboiki, the GOC 82 Composite Division, Major General Sunday Idoko and the 3 Armoured Division, Jos, Major General AB Marwa, while the GOC 81 Division, Lagos, Kenneth Minimah retained his position just like his counterpart at 2 Mechanised Division, Ibadan, Major General MD Mohammed.

The jurisdiction of the GOC of the 1 Mechanised Division covers Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, all in the North West. While the jurisdiction of the GOC 82 Div covers the South East and South-South except Edo and Delta states. The jurisdiction of the GOC,3 Armoured Division cut across the North Central and North East states.

In a statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Army Public Relations, Col. OU Abdul, the movements were meant to reinvigorate the fight against terrorism in the country. Col. Abdul quoted the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Azubuike
Ihejirika as having approved the redeployments.

Also affected in the massive movements were Major General Garba Ayodele Wahab, formerly Director of Operations, DOPs, Army Headquarters, who is the new GOC, 1 Mechanized Division, Kaduna; Major General Jack Nwaogbo, formerly Commander of the Joint Task Force,JTF, Maiduguri, the headquarters of Boko Haram, is the new GOC, 3 Armoured Division, Jos just as the former Commander, STF, Jos, Plateau State, Major General O.O. Oshinowo is the new GOC, 82 Division, Enugu.

Others affected are Major General Raphael Isa, formerly the Director, Army Public Relations, who is now the Provost Marshal, Nigerian Army, Major General Etim Bassey; formerly Commander, Corps of Artillery is the Chief of Administration, Army
Headquarters; Major General MB Ibrahim is the Commander, Special Task Force, Jos.

In the same vein, Maj Gen AT Jibrin and Maj Gen U Buzugbe have been confirmed as Director of Military Intelligence, DMI, and Military Secretary, Army, respectively.

The new Commander of the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre, NAPKC, Jaji, is Maj Gen JS Zaruwa; Maj. Gen AS Agha-Okoro who until now was at the Department of Army Training and Operations, DATOPS, Army Headquarters is now the Director Legal Services, DLS. Maj Gen Joseph Shoboiki, formerly GOC Kaduna has been moved to Defence Headquarters as Director of Policy while Maj Gen Sunday Idoko is leaving the 82 Division to become the Chief of Logistics, COLOG, at the Army Headquarters.

Other new appointments include the Commander 3 Brigade, Brig Gen Ishiaku I Abbah; Commander 31 Brigade, Brig Gen Ilouga; Commander 21 Brigade, Brig Gen RO Bamigboye while the Chief of Staff at the 81 Division, Brig Gen C.O Okoro, is now Sector Commander, Nigerian Contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, just as Brig Gen MA Koleoso was appointed the Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent for the United Nations Mission in Darfur, UNAMID.

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5 Responses to BOKO HARAM:MASSIVE SHAKE-UP IN THE ARMY…3 NEW GOCs EMERGE

  1. beegeagle says:

    THE GUARDIAN
    16 February, 2012
    Madu Onuorah

    A MAJOR shake up has been carried out in the military by the Federal Government. In the exercise announced by the government yesterday, 72 top Army officers were affected.

    The redeployment of the senior officers, which was described by sources in government as “routine”, is however believed to be part of the efforts to strengthen the crackdown on terrorism and fill some vacant positions, particularly in the Nigerian Army.

    The new structure was expected to have been in place by the first week of January to accommodate newly-promoted Major Generals and Brigadier-Generals, who were decorated last December. The redeployment, The Guardian learnt, is also meant to fill the vacancies left by the retirement of some senior officers last year.

    Military sources said yesterday that the redeployment was delayed till now to allow stability within the system, which would have resulted if the exercise were carried out in the heat of the Boko Haram menace. It is understood in military circles that the fight against the religious sect had turned the corner, hence, the release of the new appointments.

    The Nigerian Navy had last Friday released the list of its own senior officers affected by the new changes while the Army yesterday named 29 Major-Generals and 43 Brigadier-Generals as its share of the scheme.

    The redeployment as announced yesterday evening by Col. Usman Abdul,the Chief of Staff in the Directorate of Army Public Relations and approved by Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika, affected the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Joseph Shoboiki, who was moved to Defence Headquarters as Director of Policy while the former Director of Training, Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Garba Ayodele Wahab becomes the GOC 1 Division.

    Maj.-Gen. J.O. Nwaogbo, who was in charge of the Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, is the new GOC for 3 Division. Maj.-Gen. Sunday Idoko, the GOC, 82 Division becomes the new Chief of Logistics (COLOG) at the Army Headquarters while Maj.-Gen. O.O. Oshinowo, Commander of the Special Task Force (STF), Jos, is now GOC 82 Division.

    The Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery (NACA), Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Etim Bassey, has been appointed as the Chief of Administration at Army Headquarters. Maj.-Gen. M.B. Ibrahim, formerly of Defence Headquarters, replaces Gen. Oshinowo as Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) Jos. Also, Maj.-Gen. A.T. Jibrin and Maj.-Gen. U. Buzugbe have been confirmed as Directors of Military Intelligence (DMI) and Military Secretary (Army) in that order.

    The Director of Army Public Relations,Maj.-Gen. Raphael Ishaku Isa, moves to head the Military Police as the Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army while the new Commander of the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji, is Maj.-Gen. J.S. Zaruwa. Maj.-Gen. A.S. Agha-Okoro, who until yesterday was at the Department of Army Training and Operations (DATOPS)at the Army Headquarters now heads the Director Legal Services (DLS).

    Other new appointments released by the government included the Commander, 3 Brigade, Brig.-Gen.I.I. Abbah;Commander 31 Brigade,Brig.-Gen. Ilouga;Commander 21 Brigade,Brig- Gen. R.O. Bamigboye, Chief of Staff at the 81 Division, Brig.-Gen C.O.Okoro,is now Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), while Brig.-Gen. M.A. Koleoso has been appointed the Sector Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander for the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

    However, with the exit of Maj.-Gen. Isa as the Army spokesman, there is no immediate replacement among the list of the officers and offices announced. The Police are undergoing reform and speculations are rife that the Air Force may also soon announce redeployment of officers.

  2. beegeagle says:

    THE NIGERIAN ARMY just made another bold statement with the appointment of Major General GA Wahab as GOC 1 Mechanised Infantry Division.

    The other unique appointment has to be that of the immediate past Commander of the Armoured Corps and pioneer Commander of the Joint Security Task Force – OP Restore Order(in NE Nigeria), Major General Jack Okechukwu Nwaogbo. He becomes the first man from the South East to command 3 Armoured Division since its redesignation – from 3 Marine Commando Division which it was at the time of its creation in August 1967 to the 3 Armoured Division which it became in 1976 when the relocation from Port Harcourt to Jos commenced.

    That to me is the meaning of justice – a Nigeria where everyone can be all that they CAN be.

    On November 13, 2011 BEEG EAGLE WROTE:

    QUOTE:

    ” The most pleasantly surprising of these promotions for me has to be that of Major General GA Wahab.

    Way back in the evening of 22 April 1990 and following swiftly on the heels of the quashing of that day’s abortive coup which was announced by Major Gideon Orkar(late), a certain newscaster Zakari Mohammed(late) of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria announced a list of officers declared wanted for alleged complicity in the botched coup attempt. Among them was a certain Captain GA Wahab.

    In the event, the man escaped death by the whiskers in the bloodlust which normally goes with such misadventures. He was acquited and resumed his army career very quietly. Said to be a highly cerebral officer and excellent trainer of men, that man has against life and death odds attained the lofty rank of Major General.

    For some of us who have kept tabs on the Nigerian military for well over twenty years, it is a thoroughly pleasant development and a very good
    advertisement of the just face of the Nigerian Army. Congrats to General Wahab and all the generals so elevated to the one-star and two-star perch. Keep shooting.”

    END OF QUOTE

  3. doziex says:

    I second that opinion Mr. beegeagle. However, I wonder if this shake up has any thing to do with the defense minister demanding consultations before any military promotions/appointments are made.

    The defense minister’s gripe seems to stem from the perenial complaint of core north interests for more representation. Like they ever care for pan nigerian representation when they are in power.

    I would say that president GEJ has maintained a fair and balanced pan nigeria spread of top military positions.

  4. MR Defense minister IT IS A NEW DAY iN NIGERIA
    These are the days that make feel proud to be a Nigerian
    M.G. NWAOGBO, WAHAB these are the set of OFFICERS I have talked about that grew up during the dog eat dog world of the 90″s of THE ECOMOG years(S/LT, LT, CAPT) and the NON -COOPERATIVE DON’T GET PROMOTED BECAUSE IREFUSE TO KISS ogas ass
    FOLKS what is happening now is that metriocracy is being rewarded with no regard TO ethnic backgroundif you are hausa,ibo yoruba ibbibio, ijaw, kanuri east , west, south. north if you ARE GOOD THEY WILL FIND YOU and promote you.
    if this defense minister HAD BEEN HAPPY ABOUT BEING CONSULTED i would of being very unhappy because THESE GUYS IN THE ARMY, NAVY, airforce know the guys who are good AND WHO ARE INCOMPETENT, LET THEM DECIDE who gets promoted to SENSITIVE POST AND WHO DOES NOT

  5. ruth ekara says:

    this is hot,more grease to your elbow

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