17 January 2014

Nigeria: Defence Forces Reshuffle Confirmed

Photo: Vanguard
President Goodluck Jonathan (right) being received by service chiefs.

Abuja — THE Presidency officially announced President Goodluck Jonathan had reshuffled the defence forces.

Such reports had surfaced on social networking sites after a Twitter account said to be that of President spokesman, Reuben Abati, alluded to the changes.

Abati has released a statement confirming the reshuffle.

Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola Sa'sd Ibrahim as Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah takes over from Lt.-General Azubike Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff while Rear Admiral Usman O.

Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff. Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu takes over from Air Marshal Badeh as Chief of Air Staff" Abati Stated.

Abati added that all the changes are with immediate effect.

Abati said President Jonathan has briefed the leadership of the National Assembly on the appointment of the new service chiefs and would, in keeping with the provisions of the law, request the National Assembly to formally confirm the appointments when it reconvened.

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