The Nigerian Army has appointed Major General I.S. Ali as the new Theatre Commander of the Joint Task Force North-East operation against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, known as Operation Hadin Kai.
Ali, who was formerly with the 3 Division in Jos, Plateau State, was appointed on Saturday according to a release by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu.
The counterinsurgency operation was; formerly led by Major-General Chris Musa.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has approved the redeployment of Major Generals, and Brigadier Generals amongst several other senior officers across NA formations and units in the country,” the statement said.
“Those affected in the redeployment include; some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, Commandants of NA Training Institutions, Brigade Commanders, Commanding officers and several others.
“Notable among the new General Officers’ Commanding (GOC) appointees are; Major General IS Ali from Headquarters 3 Division to Theatre Command; as the new Theatre Commander Joint Task Force North East OPERATION HADIN KAI.
Major General AB Ibrahim from Army Headquarters Department of Training; to Headquarters 3 Division as the new GOC; as well as Commander OPERATION SAFE HAVEN, Major General AS Chinade from Headquarters 2 Division; to Headquarters 82 Division as GOC, while Major General GM Mutkut is; to assume command as the GOC 8 Division and; Commander Operation HADARIN DAJI (NW) from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plan.
“Those newly appointed Corps Commanders are; Major General CG Musa from Theatre Command; to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre as the new Corps Commander, Major General MS Ahmed from Headquarters Theatre Command (NE); to Headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corps as Corps Commander.
Major General BR Sinjen from Nigerian Army School of Artillery; to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery as the new Corps Commander, Major General PE Eromosele from National Defence College; to Headquarters Nigerian Army Engineers.
Major General AA Ayannuga From Army Headquarters Department of Army Transformation; to Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command, Major General GS Abdullahi from Defence Space Administration; to Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals.
“Among the new Defence and Army Headquarters Principal Staff Officers are; Major General SE Udounwa who is; redeployed from Army Headquarters Department of Special Services and Programmes; to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Training and Operations.
Major General SG Mohammed; redeployed from the Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans; to the Department of Army Training as Chief of Training, and Major General UT Musa from Headquarters 82 Division; to the Department of Army Administration; as Director of Personnel Management.
Major General Y Yahaya from Headquarters 31 Artillery Brigade to the Department of Army Administration as the Director of Manpower (Army) among several others. Brigadier General TI Gusau is also redeployed from the Army Headquarters Department of Special Services to the Directorate of Defence Information as the new Director.
“The newly redeployed Brigade Commanders include Brigadier General AM Umar from the Office of the Chief of Army Staff to Headquarters Guards Brigade, Brigadier General S Aliyu from Headquarters 6 Division to Headquarters 63 Brigade, Brigadier General HD Bobbo from National Defence College to Headquarters 31 Brigade, Brigadier General MT Aminu from Army War College Nigeria to Headquarters 35 Brigade among several others.
“It is; imperative to note that redeployment in the Nigerian Army is; routine, particularly with the recent promotion of senior officers as approved by the Army Council for the year 2022. The redeployment of all appointees takes effect from 11 January 2022.”