The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Joseph Ezeoba, has approved the appointment of 266 officers, which is coming barely a week after the Nigerian Army redeployed their senior officers.
The exercise is in line with the ongoing efforts to restrategise for effective counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency wars in the country.
Ezeoba announced the appointments in a statement friday by the Naval Director of Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu with 20 Rear Admirals, 97 Commodores, 99 Captains, 4 Lieutenant Commanders, 44 Lieutenants and 2 Sub Lieutenants redeployed.
According to the statement , the Rear Admirals affected in the exercise are Rear Admiral AOA Ikioda, who moves from National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies to Defence Headquarters as Director of Equipment, Standardisation and Harmonisation, Rear Admiral JO Aikhomu, formerly Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command is now appointed Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters and Rear Admiral IE Ibas, formerly Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, is now the Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. Rear Admiral IA Oyagha who was Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, is reporting to Defence Headquarters as Director of Development.
Also appointed is former Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral AI Ajuonu who moves to Defence Headquarters as Director of Sports. Rear Admiral DO Osuofa has been appointed as a Moderator at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, while Rear Admiral SU Chinweuba is to move to Naval Headquarters as Chief of Naval Engineering. Rear Admiral SI Alade who was Deputy Commandant at Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, is reporting at Western Naval Command as Flag Officer Commanding.
Rear Admiral AA Yusuf has also been appointed Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Engineering, College Sapele and Rear Admiral OP Ozojiofor is now the Navy Secretary. Furthermore, Rear Admiral LON Iwuoha is appointed Director of Logistics, Defence Intelligence Agency and Rear Admiral HO Ngonadi, former Navy Secretary is now the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command.
Rear Admiral HH Babalola moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Nigerian Navy Transformation Office. Other appointments include Rear Admiral AA Osinowo who becomes the new Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral OC Medani, Director of Project Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate and Rear Admiral JO Okojie, Director of Policy, Naval Headquarters.
Other appointments are Rear Admirals JO Oluwole and FD Bobai also been appointed as Chief Staff Officers at Eastern Naval Command and Naval Training Command, respectively. Rear Admiral AO Odeh retains his position as Commander Fleet Support Group Central Naval Command and Rear Admiral SU Ahmadu is Director of Navy Accounts, in addition to his duties as Commander Central Pay Office.