The Nigerian Navy yesterday appointed 66 of its senior officers to man various commands, ships and establishments. The appointments affected eight rear admirals, 38 commodores and 18 captains.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had earlier released the postings and appointments of its 75 top senior officers. They include 12 air vice marshals (army’s equivalent of major generals), 36 air commodores (equivalent of brigadier generals) and 27 group captains (equivalent of colonels).
This is the first deployment of senior officers since the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, assumed office on September 13, 2010. And it involved all the Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) of the three Commands of the Air Force – Tactical Air Command (TAC) located in Makurdi, Benue State; Training Command (TC) located in Kaduna and the Logistics Command LC) based in Lagos.
According to a statement by Director of Naval Information, Captain Kabir Aliyu, the naval appointments “were aimed at repositioning the Nigerian Navy towards greater heights and ensuring better service delivery.”
The Rear Admirals affected in the new shake-up and their new appointments include B.A. Raji, formerly Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters (NHQ), now Chief of Administration, Defence Headquarters (DHQ); I.B. Acholonu, formerly Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, now Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP), NHQ; A.A. Macaulay, formerly Chief of Accounts and Budget, NHQ, now Moderator, National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru; E. Ijioma, Director of Development, DHQ, now Commandant, Nigerian Navy Engineering College Sapele; D.J Ezeoba, formerly CTOP, NHQ, now Deputy Commandant Armed Forces Command & Staff College, Jaji; U.O. Jibrin, formerly Navy Secretary, now FOC, Eastern Naval Command; K.O. Komolafe, Commander Central Pay Office, now Chief of Accounts and Budget and E.O. Ogbor, formerly Chief Staff Officer, Western Naval Command, now FOC Western Naval Command.