Nigeria: Massive Shake-Up In The Navy


The Nigeria Navy has deployed 38 of its top officers including 34 Rear Admirals and four Commodores to head various formations and commands saying this was in line with the efforts of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, to reposition the security outfit.

It is believed that this move is further aimed at strengthening Nigeria Navy, according to a confirmation by the Director, Naval Information, Commodore Chris Ezekobe.

With the new deployment, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Raphael Osondu, will hand over to former Navy Secretary Rear Admiral F.D. Bobai while the FOC Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, will hand over to Rear Admiral J.O. Oluwole.

"The FOC Central Naval Command (CNC), Rear Admiral AO Suleiman, hands over to Rear Admiral T. Dick.

"Others are FOC Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo who hands over to Rear Admiral J.O. Okojie and the FOC Logistics Command Rear Admiral E.G. Ofik who hands over to Rear Admiral SAG Abbah.

"The newly appointed Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) at the Naval Headquarters include Rear Admiral J.A. Ajani – Chief of Policy and Plans (CPPLANS), Rear Admiral O.C. Medani – Chief of Administration (COA), Rear Admiral Henry Babalola- Chief of Naval Transformation (C NTRANS), Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo – Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPS), Rear Admiral EG Ofik – Chief of Naval Safety and Standard (CNASS) while Rear Admiral AO Odeh takes over as the Chief of Naval Engineering (CONE).

"Moreso, new helmsmen were appointed for two major directorates at the Naval Headquarters. They are Rear Admiral IO Mohammed as Director of Project Implementation Directorate (DPIMED) and Surgeon Rear Admiral EE Enechukwu as Director of Medical Services (DMS)," Ezekobe said.