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Nigeria: Buratai Appoints New GOCs, Others

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BEVERLY HILLS, July 29, (THEWILL) – The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai has re-organised the Nigerian Army with the appointment of new General Officers Commanding (GOC) divisions as well as new Principal Staff Officers to run the affairs of Army headquarters.

A news report in the Vanguard, one of Nigeria's national dailies, said the Army boss also appointed new Corps Commanders, Special Task Forces Commanders, a new Commander for the Multi-national Joint Task Force to tackle Boko Haram, new Brigade Commanders as well as new Defence Advisers in Nigeria's foreign missions abroad.

The new General Officers Commanding according to Vanguard's investigations are Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, GOC '1' Division, Kaduna. He was formerly the Deputy Commandant of the National Defence College, Abuja; Major General L.C. Ilo is the new GOS 2 Division, Ibadan. He replaces Major General SM Muazu who is appointed Commander, Infantry Corps, Jaji; Major General H. Umaru is the new GOC 3 Armoured Division, Jos.

Others are Major General M.A Koleoso, new Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Minna. He takes over from the new Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Olonishakin. He was formerly Director of Administration at Defence Headquarters; Major General H. Edet, new GOC 81 Division, Lagos.

He was formerly the Commandant, Nigerian Army Training Center (NATRAC), Kotangora; Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru formerly the Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade, Calabar is the Acting GOC, 82 Division, Enugu. He takes over from Major General S. Yusuf who is redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Training and Operations.