T he Nigerian Army has announced Benson Akinroluyo, a major general, as the new theatre commander for operation Lafiya Dole.
Lafiya Dole is the military operation set up to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east.
Akinroluyo is replacing Abba Dikko who had spent only three months as the theatre commander.
In a statement signed on Saturday by the army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, the redeployment, affecting 103 officers across army formations, is aimed at injecting new hands to further actualise the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The statement noted that before the redeployment, Buratai had sent a goodwill message to the troops, congratulating them for their bravery, alertness and doggedness in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
Akinroluyo is the seventh officer redeployed to command the Lafiya Dole operation.
“Those affected in the redeployment include; the Commander Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE Major General Abba Dikko who moves to the Department of Civil Military Affairs as the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Major General Jamil Sarham to remain in Headquarters 6 Division as the General Officer Commanding/Land Component Commander, Major General Nuhu Angbazo now moves to Headquarters 3 Division as the General Officer Commanding while Major General Benson Akinroluyo redeployed from Headquarters 3 Division to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE as Commander,” the statement read.
“Others are Major General Victor Ezugwu from Depot Nigerian Army to Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Major General Adeyemi Adetayo from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Department of Army Standard and Evaluation as Director Procurement and Projects and Brigadier General Ifiok Obot redeployed from Headquarters Operation DELTA SAFE to Nigerian Army University Biu as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Military).”
Also affected are Brig. Gen. Olufemi Dada from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as Director Combat Development, Brigadier General Solomon Udounwa redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Deputy Director Campaign planning, Brig. Gen. Adekunle Adesope from Department of Army Standard and Evaluation to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Acting Director in the Directorate of Audit and Financial Management among others.