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Nigeria Army Chief: General Attahiru’s possible successors emerge



The seek for a successor to the late Chief of Military Employees (COAS) Lt. Normal Ibrahim Attahiru, has commenced.

Attahiru and different army officers died in a airplane crash Friday night, close to the Kaduna airport, whereas on official journey. They had been buried on Saturday.

Among the many deceased had been the Chief of Navy Intelligence, Brig-Gen. Kuliya, and Provost Marshall, Brig-Gen. Olayinka.

There are speculations that Main Normal Danjuma Ali-Keffi, Normal Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of Nigerian Military, Kaduna, might grow to be the COAS.

However Ali-Keffi, a Nasarawa indigene, is just not among the many most senior Military officers. There are greater than 30 Main Generals above him.

At a time Nigeria is at warfare with terrorists and bandits, President Muhammadu Buhari is just not anticipated to permit dozens of Generals to retire in a single fell swoop.

A high army officer instructed PRNigeria that a number of elements are thought of for the appointment of service chiefs past seniority.

“The President has the discretion to nominate anybody he needs, or most likely a nomination from the Minister of Defence. Aside from seniority, officers thought of should be grounded in military operations and intelligence”, he mentioned.

Different officers being appraised

The Chief of Coverage and Plan, Main Normal Ben Ahanotu of Common Course 35 from Anambra State. He was the commander of the operation that captured Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf and his followers at their hideout in Maiduguri in 2009 earlier than handing them over to the Police.

Main Normal AM Aliyu of Common Course 36 from Gombe State is one other operation officer. He’s the Chief of Administration and former Director International Liaison on the Defence Intelligence Company. He was chargeable for processing intelligence for army operations.

Main Normal Ibrahim Manu Yusuf of Common Course 37 from Yobe State. He’s Chief of Operation and former Pressure Commander Multinational Joint Job Pressure (MNJTF). Yusuf, previously of the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, lectured on the Nigerian Defence College (NDC), Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), and Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji.

Main Normal Faruk Yahaya of Common Course 37 from Zamfara State. He’s the present Theatre Commander Operation within the North-East and former Normal Officer Commanding Officer, 1 Division.