The Nigerian Army has promoted 227 of its senior officers from various ranks to the next higher ranks in the Nigerian Army hierarchy.
The promotion list released by the Army Council, shows 21 Brigadier Generals were promoted to Major Generals, 93 Colonels to Brigadier Generals and 113 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels.
A statement by the Spokesman of the Army Colonel Sani Usman who was also promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, he said Promotion in the Nigerian Army is an annual exercise by the Service to qualified personnel who have distinguished themselves over stipulated period of time.
He listed those promoted to include Brigadier General CM Abraham Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Brigadier General OU Obono, Acting Corps Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Artillery Corps, Brigadier General PJ Dauke Acting GOC 3 Division and Brigadier AA Nani Acting GOC 8 Task Force Division, as well Brigadier General JB Olawunmi, Acting Coordinator, Nigerian Army Aviation Corps, Brigadier General CC Okwonkwo, Commander 48 Task Force Division Engineers, Brigadier General MSA Aliyu and Brigadier General AM Jalingo, who were all promoted to the rank of Major General, amongst others.
Among the Colonels promoted to the rank of Brigadier Generals are Colonel IY Dogara, Colonel EO Aikhomu, Colonel Aminu Bande, Colonel IFD Briggs, Colonel PA Alamba, Colonel UU Bassey, Colonel UT Musa, Colonel AS Ndalolo, Colonel AI Taiwo, Colonel Y Hassan, Colonel IOO Olotta and Colonel UT Utaru.
Others include the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel SK Usman, Acting Director of Chaplain Service (Roman Catholic) Colonel CC Iroegbu, Acting Director of Chaplain Service (Protestant), Colonel DD Danfulani, and Acting Director Islamic Affairs, Colonel SG Mustapha.
Earlier in the year, the Nigerian Army carried out several promotion exercises for other categories of its personnel. These include the Junior Non-Commission Officers (JNCOs), Senior Non-Commission Officers and Warrant Officers category, as well as Junior officers from the rank of Second Lieutenant to Lieutenants, Lieutenants to Captains and from Captains to Majors.
He said that the approval of the promotion by the Army Council for the senior officers today, is the last for the year, adding that the promotion exercise is expected to re-energise the beneficiaries towards the discharge of their onerous tasks and responsibilities.