- New branch chiefs have been appointed by the Nigerian Air Force
- Also appointed are new Air Officers Commanding
- The Air Force will also get a new spokesman in the new shake-up by the newly appointed Chief of Air Staff
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has appointed new Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding (AOCs), Commandants of Tri-Service Institutions and other functionaries, including a new spokesperson.
The appointments are part of a routine exercise aimed at re-invigorating operational effectiveness and enhancing service delivery of the NAF.
A total of 31 senior officers were affected by the redeployment approved by the newly appointed Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao according to a statement sent to Legit.ng by NAF authorities.
Some of the newly appointed Branch Chiefs are:
1. Air Vice Marshal Dahiru Sanda - Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Defence Headquarters (DHQ),
2. Air Vice Marshal Remigus Ekeh - Chief of Policy and Plans, HQ NAF,
3. Air Vice Marshal Ibukun Ojeyemi - Chief of Air Intelligence
4. Air Vice Marshal Mahmud Madi - Air Secretary, HQ NAF.
5. Air Vice Marshal Mahmoud Ahmed - Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation, DHQ
6. Air Vice Marshal Cletus Udeagulu - Chief of Communication Information Systems, HQ NAF
7. Air Vice Marshal Isah Muhammad - Chief of Administration, HQ NAF
8. Air Vice Marshal Pam Chollom - Chief of Logistics, HQ NAF
9. Air Vice Marshal Musa Mukhtar - Chief of Aircraft Engineering, HQ NAF
10. Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip - Chief of Standards and Evaluation (COSE), HQ NAF.
Significantly, the spokesperson of the NAF, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola has been appointed as the Director of Plans, HQ NAF, while Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet takes his place.
The newly appointed and redeployed senior officers are expected to take over their new offices not later than Thursday, 11 March 2021.
Experts say deployments are a key aspect of military service as accrued time deployed is a relevant metric for measuring military experience, but also for measuring service member and family well-being.
The redeployments are announced 24 hours after the NAF recorded a major breakthrough in the fight against banditry in Nigeria.
NAF air raids in Kaduna state killed one ‘Rufai Maikaji’, who is said to be a notorious bandit with over a hundred fighters under his command.
Recall that the Air Force Council had late last year, approved the promotion of a total of 107 senior officers to the next higher ranks in the NAF.
The affected senior officers comprise 16 Air Commodores, 31 Group Captains, 27 Wing Commanders, and 33 Squadron Leaders.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.