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Major Reshuffle Hits Army As 52 Generals, 597 Officers Redeployed

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Several Army officers will be redeployed to other quarters following the upcoming major redeployment which will affect 52 generals and 597 officers.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai

Several officers of the Nigerian Army will urgently be redeployed to other quarters following the forthcoming major redeployment which will affect 52 generals and 597 officers.

Elombah.com gathered that the redeployment is not unconnected to the recent rumour of coup plot flying around the military circle.

Amongst the seven major generals affected, the Army canceled the redeployment of Adeniyi Oyebade, two months after he was transferred from being General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army 1 Division, Kaduna, to Army Headquarters in Abuja as chief of logistics.

But no new posting was assigned to Mr. Oyebade, who was indicted last year in the December 2015 massacre of Shiites in Zaria.

The shake-up was announced in a memo with reference number MS/G1/3OO/2O7 and signed by I.O. Rabiu, a major general and Military Secretary, military sources said.

About 100 Nigerian Army formations, units and departments within and outside the country were copied in the memo, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Redeployment has become a frequent feature in the Nigerian Army since Mr. Buratai assumed office two years ago, but none of them was as sweeping as the recent exercise.

Three major shake-ups had been recorded within the last seven months, with the most recent affecting 147 officers in May.

A total of 227 officers were affected in a similar exercise last December.

A breakdown of the remaining 597 affected officers shows that they included 197 colonels, 50 lieutenant colonels, 99 majors, 138 captains, 111 lieutenants and two second lieutenants.

Thirty-eight out of the total 649 officers had their postings canceled or deleted.

That included two major generals, one brigadier general, seven colonels, five lieutenant colonels, 10 majors, eight captains and five lieutenants.

While eight of the officers had their postings deleted, the redeployment of 30 others were amended by the Army.

“It is the responsibility of all formation/unit commanders whose officers are affected by this posting to implement accordingly.

“Officers must take over on the effective dates indicated. Formation/unit commanders will be held responsible for lapses in the implementation of the directives contained therein,” the memo stated. 

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