New Service Chiefs, NSA Emerge



President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced service chiefs and national security adviser, whom he sacked some hours ago

NIGERIA has new security service chiefs and national security adviser. President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday, July 13, announced the appointment of new service chiefs and national security adviser, hours after the sacking of the previous holders.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin is chief of Defence Staff, while Major-General T.Y. Buratai,  chief of Army Staff. Others are Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, chief of Air Staff; in the newly created post of chief of Defence Intelligence is Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan and the new NAS is Babagana Monguno, a retired major-general.

Olonishakin, the new defence chief hails from Ekiti State. Until his new appointment, he was the head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.

Bratia, now chief of Army Staff, is from Borno State. He was, until his current appointment, commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena, Niger Republic. He has previously served as commander of the Second Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt and commander, the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

The new chief of Naval Staff is from Cross River State. Ibas enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as  a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983.

His previous appointments include Naval Provost Marshal, chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters. Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited.

Abubakar, new chief of Air Staff, hails from Bauchi State.  His previous appointments included, chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command. Prior to the current appointment, Abubakar was chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.

Monguno is replacing Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel and former NAS. Munguno, who was a former director of the Military Intelligence, DMI, and ex-chief of Logistics, Defence Headquarters, is from Borno State. He retired from the Nigerian Army on September 23, 2013 on attaining the age of 56 years.

Adesina said the new service chiefs would hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

He quoted the president as thanking the outgoing service chiefs and NAS for their services to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.

—  Jul 13, 2015 @ 17:05 GMT


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