By Ismail Auwal

According to Premium Time’s latest report, Nigerian Army has already began the process of retiring at least 29 generals from the service following the recent appointment of Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

The Defence Headquaters, in an apparent move to douse tension, had last week claimed that none of its personnel would be prematurely retired due to the emergence of their junior as the COAS.

Yahaya, a Major General, was appointed on May 27 following the demise of the former COAS, Ibrahim Attahiru, in a plane crash on May 21. Attahiru died alongside 10 other senior military personnel on board.

Shortly after the appointment of the new COAS, there were speculations that about 30 to 45 generals, who are Yahaya’s seniors, might be asked to go home. The speculation gained ground because of the aged military tradition that seniors don’t salute their juniors.

An official document indicated that a total of 29 major generals have been asked to proceed on terminal leave, which was termed ‘annual leave’, marking the beginning of their exit from the service.

The affected officers are from Regular Course 36, and their leave was approved with effect from June 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021.

Below is the full list of generals asked to proceed on compulsory leave and expected to be retired.

1. JB Olawumi
2. JO Akomolafe
3. CO Ude
4. G Oyefesobi
5. MO Uzoh
6. CC Okonkwo
7. MSA Aliyu
8. UM Mohammed
9. BM Shafa
10. NE Angbazo
11. YP Auta
12. SA Yaro
13. J Sarham
14. HE Ayamasoawei
15. OF Azinta
16. BA Akinroluyo
17. KAY Isiyaku
18. AT Hamman
19. AM Aliyu
20. HPZ Vintienagba
21. HR Momoh
22. JR Unuigbe
23. AA Jidda
24. OI Uzomere
25. MH Magaji
26. LA Adegboye
27. MA Masanawa
28. OA Akinyemi
29. AM Dauda


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