The Nigerian Army has begun operations for a renewed assault against the terrorist group, Boko Haram with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, appointing new commanders for Operation Lafiya Dole, the military task force in the North-East.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman who said the newly promoted Major General, O.T. Akinjobi, Head of the Operations Monitoring Team at the Office of the Chief of Army Staff, has been appointed Commander, Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole.
He also said that Major General M.G. Ali, Commander, 9 Brigade, had been appointed Commander of the newly created Nigerian Army Special Forces Command.
He said that Brigadier General B.R. Sinjen would command Integrated Fire Support, while Brigadier General F.O. Omoigui, had been moved from 2 Division, Nigerian Army to Army Headquarters’ Department of Training and Operations as Director of Operations.
Usman continued: “Similarly, new Brigade Commanders have been appointed for some of the Brigades at Operation Lafiya Dole.
“These include Brig.-Gen. E.F. Oyinlola, 22 Brigade; Brig.-Gen. V.U. Okoro, 25 Task Force Brigade; Brig.-Gen. A.B. Mohammed, 26 Task Force Brigade and Brig.-Gen. A.O. Oyelade, 27 Task Force Brigade.
“Brig.-Gen. M.T. Usman, 28 Task Force Brigade and Brig.-Gen. M.G. Kangye, 37 Brigade.’’
The army spokesman added that Brigadier General A.S. Ishaq had been appointed as Coordinator, Nigeria Police Force for Operation Lafiya Dole.
He also announced that new commanders had been appointed for the various Army Headquarters Logistics Commands at the theatre.
“These include Brig.-Gen. A.G. Ibrahim, Brig.-Gen. P.N. Okeson and Brig.-Gen. O.A. Aminu, for Logistics Base I, II and III, respectively.”
Usman also explained that Buratai had directed that all those affected by the posting must remain committed and fully in charge until they were properly relieved in line with standard operating procedures and military professional ethics.