Jonathan Sacks Service Chiefs, Makes New Appointments
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, January 16, (THEWILL) - President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday sacked his service chiefs with immediate effect and appointed new ones.
A statement from the President's spokesman, Reuben Abati, made the unexpected development public.
The statement reads: 'President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria approved the following changes in the nation's Military High Command: Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah takes over from Lt.
-General Azubike O.
Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Usman O.
Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu takes over from Air Marshal Badeh as Chief of Air Staff.
All the changes are with immediate effect.
The new Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Badeh was born on January 10, 1957 and joined the Air Force as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy's 21 Regular Course while the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Minimah was born on July 27, 1959 and joined the Army as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy's 25 Regular Course.
Until his new appointment, Major-General Minimah was the Commander of the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps, Jaji.
The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin was born on September 16, 1959 and joined the Navy as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy's 24 Regular Course.
Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was Director of Training at Defence Headquarters.
The new Chief of Air Staff and immediate past Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was born on August 1, 1958 and joined the Air Force as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy's 25 Regular Course.
Until his new appointment, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi.
President Jonathan has briefed the leadership of the National Assembly on the appointment of the new service chiefs and will, in keeping with the provisions of the law, request the National Assembly to formally confirm the appointments when it reconvenes.
' n THEWILL recalls that an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Adamu Bello, had on Monday July 02, 2013, declared the appointment of the service chiefs in the country as unconstitutional, illegal, and null and void whilst also restraining the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, from henceforth appointing service chiefs without the approval of the Senate.
The judge made the declaration while ruling in suit No.
FHC/ABJ/CS/611/2008, in a case instituted in 2008 by an activist lawyer, Mr.
Festus Keyamo, who asked the court to determine whether the President had the powers to unilaterally appoint service chiefs.
The Judge also granted an order restraining the President from henceforth appointing service chiefs without first obtaining the confirmation of the National Assembly.