In a major shake-up, the Nigerian Army has redeployed 75 of its Senior Officers.
But the redeployment of the Senior Officers will take effect from April 3, 2023, PRNigeria can authoritatively report.
Among those affected is Major Gen. Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad and the General Officer Commanding of 1 Division, Kaduna, Major General Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja.
General Khalifa will be departing the MNJTF on secondment to the National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons at the Office of the National Security Adviser.
On his part, General Lagbaja, it was learnt, will be leaving the 1 Division for the Army Headquarters as Chief of Operation DAOP.
Meanwhile, PRNigeria gathered that the current Chief of Operations, Nigerian Army, Major General Olufemi Akinjobi, will take over as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna.
Similarly, Major General Gold Chibuisi, a Director to the Chief of Army Staff in Abuja, will take over as the Theatre Commander, MNJTF.
PRNigeria reports that Lagbaja as 1 Division GOC has been instrumental to the successes troops have recorded against armed bandits, terrorists and cattle rustlers in Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi and other North West States.
For Khalifa, PRNigeria gathered that his gallant stewardship at the MNJTF has been responsible for the decline in the firepower of terror sects in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic among others.
A source in Division 1 and at the MNJTF Headquarters, who asked not to be named, told PRNigeria that the duo of Lagbaja and Khalifa will be missed by their junior officers, considering their achievements as fearless and courageous military Commanders.
One of them said: “The atmospheres at 1 Div and MNJTF has been somber since the news of the redeployment of General Taofeek Lagbaja and General Abdul Khalifa were broken.
“They are indeed among the finest Generals the Nigerian Army is endowed with.
“We can only wish them success in their new responsibilities.”