OPINION PAGE: WHO IS LIKELY TO EMERGE AS THE NEXT GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 82 DIVISION??

Major General Johnson Ochoga

PHOTO CREDIT: LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPERS

Now that Major General Olayinka Oshinowo, the incumbent General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army is retiring from service,the small matter of who succeeds him
on that job is up in the air, with analysts and competent watchers of the Nigerian military wondering who would get the nod to replace General Oshinowo at the Enugu HQ of 82 Division.

One of the topmost contenders however has to be one of the outgoing GOC’s immediate juniors at the NDA, Major General Johnson Ochoga, a RC 25 officer who enlisted in December 1978.

Ochoga’s rating as a top contender does not amount to merely flying a kite, given his seniority and certain relevant but not necessarily statutorily or conventionally inviolable precedents as we know them.

Indeed, the incumbent National Coordinator of Counterterrorism, Major
General Sarkin-Yaki Bello, who rose to
that ‘unusual’ perch (‘unusual’ for a serving officer) first served as the JTF
Commander in the Niger Delta and was then moved up to the command of the
82 Division as GOC. General Bello was
awarded a Gold Medal by the COAS, Lt General Ihejirika, for his highly competent command of both the JTF and the 82 Division at various times. Shortly
afterwards, the office of National Coordinator of Counterterrorism was,
in a manner of speaking, created for
the Kebbi-born General Bello in the Office of the National Security Adviser, ostensibly to allow the nation benefit from his tactical nous.

Back to the present times, General
Ochoga is the incumbent Commander
JTF in the Niger Delta, a triservice
military+security outfit whose area of responsibility (AOR) straddles roughly two-thirds of the 82 Division AOR. As a RC 25 officer, seniority appears to favour him and indeed the GOCs of 3 Armoured Division and 81 Division are his mates. Ochoga who has consolidated the peace in the Niger Delta and who works inside of and knows the salient security issues in the 82 Div AOR well, might just emerge as your next GOC, 82 Division.His operational experience, competent
command of the JTF, the fact of already
being on ground and seniority are facts
which lead me to draw this conclusion.

It has to be said that the Commanders of the Joint(Security)Task Force and the Special Task Force in the persons of Major General JAH Ewansiha and Major General Henry Ayoola respectively, by reason of emerging Nigerian military convention and having commanded supra-brigade level formations, albeit hybrid military-security outfits, are just as likely and qualified to be appointed to the command of any army division.

Indeed, the incumbent GOCs of 3 Armoured Division and 82 Division, namely Major Generals Jack Nwaogbo and Olayinka Oshinowo in that order, variously left off from being Commander JSTF(NE Nigeria) and Commander STF(Jos Plateau)

That said, it all ultimately boils down to
what the COAS’s STRATEGIC preferences
are. We shall see how it all pans out in the days to come.

Backgrounder
2012 scorecard of the JTF – OP PULO SHIELD(Niger Delta); led by Major General Johnson Ochoga

http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/full-text-of-the-media-briefing-on-2012-operations-given-by-major-general-johnson-ochoga-dss-psc-fwc-msc-commander-jtf-operation-pulo-shield-niger-delta/

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7 Responses to OPINION PAGE: WHO IS LIKELY TO EMERGE AS THE NEXT GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 82 DIVISION??

  1. Victor says:

    Ochoga is qualified true. But there are other very well qualified ones as well. By way of reasoning, officers who have been in admin positions should be moved to operations and vice versa. Nwogbo left Amour corp as commander to GOC 3 div. Oshinowo was in the office for so many years before the STF very briefly so the GOC 82 div was well deserved. He is Regular 24 but is retired. Is there any reason why when some Regular 22 are still there? By the way I hear Sarkin Bello is also going but by the look of it he will be in mufty as the adviser on counter terrorism

  2. beegeagle says:

    Well, that is the clutter on the rank of Major General which I mentioned months ago.

    As of today, we have a Major General Obi who like the COAS is RC 18 and who enlisted in June 1975. There are also fresh Major Generals of RC 27 who enlisted in December 1979.

    Isa is RC 20(June 1976) and he is retiring, Akinyemi is probably RC 19 or RC 20. He is going as well. Shoboiki is RC 22(June 1977), like Sarkin-Yaki. Shoboiki is retiring while Sarkin-Yaki might just remain in service. Do not forget, like officers who have been on “special posting” that he may have a waiver on his terms and conditions. During his time as UN Military Adviser, there was a berth of 4 course intakes between Obiakor and the CDS at that time. As we speak, Maj. Gen Suraj Abdurahman is Command-Officer-in-Charge of the Armed Forces of Liberia. He is RC 14(June 1973) and the longest-serving general of the Nigerian Armed Forces at this minute – a decade on the rank.

    So Sarkin-Yaki in his ‘special posting’ might just hang in there for a while longer.

    The new TACOSS is emphatic on stuff such as age-on-rank. Could that be why Akinyemi is going? There are some RC 21 officers who are not exiting yet and we are not in a hurry to rush anyone out. Another very, very senior officer who appears to be staying – at least, I have not heard his name mentioned as a retiree, is the Sandhurst-trained General Okunbor, a RC 19 officer(December 1975).

    NA have not come out with the retirement list yet. They really should do so. After all, “soja go..soja com”. Nothing new. All men bow out at some point.

    Welcome to the blog. I see you are a ‘special interest’ commenter :-) . Ya eye open well, well. That is a most welcome development.

    You can chat with me backstage if you feel the need to

    beegeaglesblog@ovi.com

  3. Victor says:

    Beeagle….have you heard that Maj Gen Ochoga is also on the list of those going? So he is out of it.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Haba, 12 Major Generals they said or have they drawn up a new list yet again? Ochoga was not part of that initial twelve.

    Yeah, General Mike Nasamu..the Commander, Army HQ Garrison? What happened to him? He was not listed as having hit his run-out date as of December? Were Major Generals JA Okunbor and BM Monguno’s names on the list?

    Well, Major Generals Isa, Akinyemi, Shoboiki and Oshinowo are known to be going into retirement? Who are the eight other Major Generals – do you know? Who are the Brigadier Generals who are also exiting?

  5. Victor says:

    New GOCs today……..Obi Umahi replaces Minimah, Awala replaces Nwogbo…..more news later

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