By Emeka Okafor
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed an acting Chief of Army Staff to succeed the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash last week Friday.
The new Chief of Army Staff is Major General Farouk Yahaya.
A statement by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the appointment on Thursday in Abuja.
Yahaya was until his appointment the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and present Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism against Insurgency in the North-East.
He was appointed
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.
“Prior to his appointment Major-General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter terrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East code-named Operation HADIN KAI,” the statement added.