Boko Haram: Army appoints new commanders in Operation Lafiya Dole

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Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

In its bid to increase the fight against the terrorists group, Boko Haram, the Nigerian Army has appointed new operational commanders in Operation Lafiya Dole.

Operation Lafiya Dole is the code name for the campaign by the military against insurgency in the North East of Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Nigerian Army said those affected by the new posting and appointments included some Staff Officers and Commanders at various levels.

The Army stated that 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, while Major General M.G. Ali, commander of 9 Brigade has been appointed Commander of the newly created Nigerian Army Special Forces Command; Brigadier General B.R. Sinjen, commander, Integrated Fire Support and Brigadier General F.O. Omoigui, has been moved from 2 Division Nigerian Army to Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations and appointed Director of Operations.

Brigadier General T.A. Lagbaja is to take over as Commander 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army; Brigadier General O.R. Aiyenigba, Director Land Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College is to move to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Head of Operations Monitoring Team, while Brigadier General A.U. Kuliya is to take over as Director Land Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Similarly, new Brigade Commanders have been appointed for some of the Brigades at Operation Lafiya Dole.

These include Brigadier General E.F. Oyinlola, 22 Brigade; Brigadier General V.U. Okoro, 25 Task Force Brigade; Brigadier General A.B. Mohammed, 26 Task Force Brigade; Brigadier General A.O. Oyelade, 27 Task Force Brigade; Brigadier General M.T. Usman, 28 Task Force Brigade and Brigadier General M.G. Kangye, 37 Brigade, while Brigadier General A.S. Ishaq has been appointed as Coordinator, Nigeria Police Force for Operation Lafiya Dole.

New Commanders have also been appointed for the various Army Headquarters Logistics Commands at the theatre.

These include Brigadier General A.G. Ibrahim; Brigadier General P.N. Okeson and Col. O.A. Aminu for Logistics Base I, II and III, respectively.

Similarly, the posting has affected several Commanding Officers of the various units in Operation Lafiya Dole,  amongst others.

The Chief of Army Staff also directed that all those affected by the posting in the theatre, must remain committed and fully in charge until they are properly relieved in line with standard operating procedures and military professional ethics.