The Army Council on Friday approved the promotion of 227 senior officers from various ranks to their next ranks.
Those promoted, according to the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, include 21 Brigadier Generals to Major Generals, 93 Colonels, including Usman, to Brigadier Generals and 113 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels.
“Those promoted include Brig.- Gen. CM Abraham, Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division; Brig.- Gen. Obono, Acting Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Artillery Corps; Brig.-Gen. PJ Dauke, Acting GOC 3 Division and Brig.-Gen. A A Nani, Acting GOC 8 Task Force Division, as well as Brig.-Gen. JB Olawunmi, Acting Coordinator, Nigerian Army Aviation Corps.
Other Brigadier Generals are CC Okwonkwo, Commander 48 Task Force Division Engineers; MSA Aliyu and AM Jalingo, who were promoted to the rank of Major Generals, among others.
“Among the Colonels promoted as Brigadier Generals are IY Dogara, EO Aikhomu, Aminu Bande, IFD Briggs, PA Alamba, UU Bassey, UT Musa, AS Ndalolo, AI Taiwo, Y Hassan, IOO Olotta and UT Utaru.
Others include the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. SK Usman, Acting Director of Chaplain Service (Roman Catholic) Col. CC Iroegbu, Acting Director of Chaplain Service (Protestant), Col. DD Danfulani, and Acting Director Islamic Affairs, Col. SG Mustapha.
Usman said that promotion in the Nigerian Army was an annual exercise for qualified personnel who distinguished themselves over stipulated period of time.
“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 Lt. to Lieutenants to Captains and from Captains to Majors,” Usman said.