The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday said it had redeployed 67 senior officers, comprising 30 Air Vice Marshals (AVMs), 17 Air Commodores,10 Group Capt. seven Wing Cdrs. and three Sqn. Ldrs.
A statement signed by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the redeployment came on the heels of the decoration of senior officers recently promoted to the ranks of AVMs and Air Commodores.
The statement said that Prominent among those affected by the new posting at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja are: AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, newly-appointed as the Air Secretary.
Also, AVM Saleh Shinkafi was appointed the pioneer Chief of Medical Services, AVM Mohammad Muhammad appointed the Chief of Administration and, AVM Sambo Usman appointed the Chief of Logistics and Communication.
“The new posting also brought about leadership changes at the Command level; with 3 of the former Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) redeployed while 2 new ones have been appointed.
“Those redeployed include: AVM Nurudeen Balogun moved from Training Command, Kaduna, to Tactical Air Command, Makurdi; AVM Christopher Okoye from Special Operations Command Bauchi to Training Command Kaduna and, AVM Sani Ahmed from Logistics Command Ikeja to Special Operations Command, Bauchi.
The two newly-appointed AOCs are AVM Stephen Onuh Mobility Command, Yenagoa and AVM Ibrahim Yahaya, Logistics Command, Ikeja,” it said.
In the same vein, AVM Ajibola Jekennu is now the Commandant Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, while AVM Isiyaka Bukar becomes the Commandant Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
Others are: Air Commodore Hassan Abubakar appointed the new commander, 011 Presidential Air Fleet Abuja, and Air Commodore Ismaila Yahaya now the Principal Air Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff.
The statement explained that the recent redeployment though a routine exercise, was aimed at ensuring that NAF was effectively manned for operational efficiency and effectiveness.
It also further added that it was in line with the vision of the Chief of Air Staff, (CAS ), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. However, the postings will take effect from Dec. 22, the statement added.