The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
His appointment follows the departure of Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died last weekend at an air crash together with 10 other military officers in Kaduna.
An announcement issued by Defence Headquarters (DHQ) stated Yahaya was General Officer Commanding 1 Section of the Nigerian Army.
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The announcement signed by Defence Spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, stated the new army leader was the existing Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, previously Lafiya Dole.
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“The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari has named Major General Farouk Yahaya since the new Chief of Army Staff.