The Nigerian Air Force has redeployed 67 senior officers comprising 30 Air Vice Marshals, 17 Air Commodores, 10 Group Captains, seven Wing Commanders and three Squadron Leaders.
This is contained in a statement by Air Force spokesperson, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.
According to the statement, the redeployment came on the aftermath of the decoration of senior officers recently promoted to the ranks of AVM and Air Commodores.
The statement said; “The recent deployment, though a routine exercise, is aimed at ensuring that the NAF is effectively manned for operational efficiency and effectiveness in line with the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar. The postings take effect from 22 December 2016,”
The new posting also brought leadership changes at the Command level; with three of the former Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) redeployed while two 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).
Also, 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 the Air Staff.