Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General OA Ihejirika (left) hands over to his successor, Major General Kenneth Minimah at Army Headquarters in Abuja on Monday, 20 January 2014
PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
20 January, 2014
Nigeria’s newly-appointed military
chiefs Monday assumed office following the respective handover ceremonies in Abuja, PANA reported here.
They are the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah, the new Chief of Naval Staff (CNS),Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin, and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu.
Last Thursday, President Goodluck
Jonathan retired the former chiefs,
including Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim
(CDS), Lt.-Gen. Onyeabo Azubuike
Ihejirika (COAS), and Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba (CNS).
At the handover ceremony at the Army
headquarters, outgoing COAS, Lt.-Gen.
Ihejirika announced that the Nigerian
Army procured a fleet of Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which are being deployed to the North East part of the country to aid the war against terror.
The new UAVs are part of the approved new Order of Battle (ORBAT) in 2013. With it, Ihejirika said, “there is no hiding place for the Boko Haram insurgents.”
Former CNS, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, also announced that the Navy had concluded the acquisition of six new Seaward Defence Boats (SDBs) and two Inshore Patrols Craft (IPC) while eight vessels are currently undergoing life extension refits and three IPCs have been reactivated.
In the acquisition of the two Offshore
Patrol Vessels (OPVs) being built at the Wuchang Shipyard in China, Ezeoba announced that the first of the OPVs will be launched next week and would be delivered to Nigeria by the middle of the year. In addition, the second OPV will be completed next year.
Also, a United States Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Gallatin, a Hamilton-class high endurance vessel, will be transferred to Nigeria under a “hot transfer” by the third quarter of this year. In addition, he said, the Navy acquisition of five K-13 IPC will be completed by March this year.
These acquisitions, Ezeoba stated, is
“towards emplacing a fleet with the
desired capability to effectively
dominate the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone and the Gulf of Guinea”