Major shake-up as NAF appoints new chiefs, spokesperson, others

NEWS DIGEST – The Nigerian Air Force has appointed new Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding Commandants of Tri-Service Institutions and other functionaries, including a new spokesperson.

The newly appointed Branch Chiefs are Air Vice Marshal Dahiru Sanda, who is now the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Defence Headquarters, AVM Remigus Ekeh, erstwhile Chief of Standards and Evaluation, Headquarters NAF, who has been appointed the Chief of Policy and Plans, HQ NAF.

Former fAOC Mobility Command, Yenagoa, AVM Ibukun Ojeyemi, is the Chief of Air Intelligence, while AVM Mahmud Madi has been appointed as the Air Secretary.

Also affected by the new appointments are AVM Mahmoud Ahmed, who is now the Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation, DHQ; AVM Cletus Udeagulu as the Chief of Communication Information Systems, HQ NAF, while AVM Isah Muhammad is the Chief of Administration, HQ NAF.

This was contained in a statement on Friday, by the erstwhile NAF spokesman, AVM Ibikunle Daramola, titled, ‘Nigerian Air Force appoints new branch chiefs, air officers commanding, spokesperson.’

It further said , “AVM Pam Chollom has been appointed as the Chief of Logistics, HQ NAF, while the former AOC, Air Training Command, Kaduna, AVM Musa Mukhtar has been moved to HQ NAF as the Chief of Aircraft Engineering.

“The immediate past AOC, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, AVM Olusegun Philip is now Chief of Standards and Evaluation, HQ NAF.”

In the same vein, the erstwhile COPP, HQ NAF, AVM Mohammed Idris has been appointed Commandant, Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, the former Director of Plans, HQ NAF, AVM Ebenezer Alade, is now the Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, while AVM Musibau Olatunji is the Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.

AVM Ibrahim Ali takes over as the Commandant, Air Force War College, Makurdi and AVM Idi Lubo, former Director of Policy, was appointed AOC TAC, Makurdi.

AVM Jackson Yusuf is now the AOC ATC, Kaduna, AVM Aliyu Bello intakes over as the AOC MC, Yenagoa, while AVM Sunday Makinde, former College Secretary, National Defence College, is now the AOC, Logistics Command, Ikeja.

“AVM Frank Oparah was appointed the AOC Ground Training Command, Enugu while AVM Peter Uzezi is now the Director General, Defence Research and Development Bureau, DHQ.

“Former Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Ibikunle Dramola has been appointed as the Director of Plans, HQ NAF; AVM Garba Abubakar is appointed as the new Group Managing Director, NAF Holding Company;AVM Emmanuel Wonah as the Coordinator, Project Implementation Monitoring Team, HQ NAF, while former Commandant, AFCSC, AVM Abubakar Liman, is now the Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, Defence Intelligence Agency,” the statement read.

It also disclosed that AVM Mfon Ekpoh has been redeployed to the Nigerian Defence Academy as Deputy Commandant while AVM Emmanuel Chukwu has been appointed the College Secretary, NDC.

Furthermore, AVM Abraham Adole is the new Deputy Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Nnamdi Ananaba, takes over as the Air Component Commander OPLD.

Also, Air Cdre Dauda Prayero has been appointed the new Chairman, Air Expo and International Liaison Secretariat while Air Cdre Olabode Babalola takes over as the Chief of Medical Services , HQ NAF.

Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet takes over as the NAF spokesperson.

“The newly appointed and redeployed senior officers are expected to take over their new offices not later than Thursday, 11 March 2021,” the NAF said.