- No fewer than 27 Air Vice Marshals and 45 other senior officers have been redeployed
- The redeployment of the personnel follows the recent promotion of senior officers of the NAF to the next higher ranks and also the retirement of some senior officers of air rank
- The newly posted and redeployed senior officers are expected to take over their new offices not later than Friday, January 25
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has redeployed 27 Air Vice Marshals (AVMs) and 45 other senior officers in a major-shakeup.
Legit.ng gathered that the decision is based on the recent promotion of senior officers of the NAF to the next higher ranks as well as the retirement of some senior officers of air rank.
A press statement by the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, noted that the move became necessary to reorganise and ensure senior officers hold appropriate appointments for operational efficiency and effectiveness.
The statement affirmed that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar authorised the appointments.
The breakdown shows that a total of 72 senior officers comprising 27 Air Vice Marshals (AVMs), 30 Air Commodores (Air Cdres), 8 Group Captains (Gp Capts), 4 Wing Commanders (Wg Cdrs) and 3 Squadron Leaders (Sqn Ldrs) were affected by the exercise.
Prominent among those affected by the new postings are: AVM Emmanuel Anebi who is now the Chief of Policy and Plans Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF) and AVM Nurudeen Balogun, who has been appointed as the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
In addition, AVM Charles Otegbade has been appointed as the College Secretary, National Defence College while AVM Rufus Ojuawo is taking over as the chairman Air Expo and International Liaison Secretariat.
Other appointments include those of AVM Napoleon Bali as the new Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Special Operations Command, Yenagoa, AVM Oladayo Amao as the new Chief of Training and Operations at HQ NAF, AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi as the new AOC Logistics Command, Ikeja and AVM John Baba as the new AOC Tactical Air Command.
Likewise, AVM Mahmoud Ahmed has been redeployed as the Air Secretary HQ NAF, AVM Remigus Ekeh appointed as the new Chief of Standards and Evaluation at HQ NAF, while AVM Ibukun Ojeyemi becomes the new Director of Policy at HQ NAF.
Furthermore, AVM Musibau Olatunji is now the Director of Air Engineering at HQ NAF, while AVM Peter Uzezi has been appointed as the new AOC Mobility Command.
Also appointed are AVM Dahiru Sanda, who is now a directing staff at National Institute of Policy and Strategic studies, AVM Ismaila Yahaya as the new director of Training at HQ NAF, AVM Idi Lubo as director NAF Transformation at HQ NAF, AVM Mohammed Yakubu redeployed as the Chief of Logistics HQ NAF and AVM Emmanuel Wonah as the new director of Sports at DHQ.
Similarly, AVM Paul Jemitola has been appointed as the new director Research and Development at HQ NAF, AVM Anderson Kassimu as director Civil Military Relations at DHQ and AVM Ibrahim Ali as the new Deputy Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
Meanwhile, AVM Musa Tanko is to take over as director of Space Utilization at DHQ while AVM Musa Muktar has been redeployed as the new Chief of Aircraft Engineering at HQ NAF.
In addition, AVM Maxwell Nnaji has been appointed as the new Chief of Communication Information Systems at HQ NAF, AVM Emmanuel Chukwu as the new Director Earth Observation at Defence Space Administration and AVM Aliyu Bello as the new Chief of Staff at Headquarters Special Operations Command, while AVM Olusegun Philip is to take over as the new Director of Evaluation at HQ NAF.
Also, Air Cdre Abraham Adole has been appointed as the Principal Air Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Cdre Ayodele Laoye as Director of Procurement and Gp Capt Jika Sanda as the Director of Legal Services HQ NAF.
The newly posted and redeployed senior officers are expected to take over their new offices not later than Friday, January 25.
Meanwhile, in continuation of the series of inspection visits to NAF deployments in crisis-prone areas in the country, Air Marshal Abubakar, undertook an operational visit to the 23 Quick Response Wing (QRW) Gembu on Saturday, January 19.
During the visit, the CAS paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Sardauna local government area, Dr Shehu Audu Baju II, at his palace and also inspected various facilities being used by the wing as well as prospective sites for infrastructural development to support the unit.
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