Presidency Names New Service Chiefs

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The Presidency on Monday afternoon named a list of replacements for the sacked service chiefs who were relieved of their duties with immediate effect same Monday.

The sack came as a shock, throwing the military high command into confusion.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the new Service Chiefs are:

Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin as the Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General T.Y. Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as the Chief of Naval Staff;

Others are Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff; Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence; and Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) as the  new National Security Adviser and replacement for Sambo Dasuki

The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonishakin (N/6901) hails from Ekiti State.

Until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff on Monday, he was the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.

The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Buratai, hails from Borno State. Until his new appointment today, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena.

Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas (NN/0746) hails from Cross River State.

He 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.

The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar (NAF/1433) hails from Bauchi State.

His previous appointments include: Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command.

Until his new appointment as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.

The new Service Chiefs are hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate, according to the statement by Adesina.

The statement quoted President Buhari as thanking the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wishing them well in their future endeavours.