Profile of Nigeria New Service Chiefs

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday 26th January 2021, appointed new heads of the Army, Air Force and Navy, and a new Chief of Defense Staff.

See their profiles below:

Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru

Mr. Attahiru a major general, succeeds Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general.
A native of Kaduna State, Mr Attahiru, was born on August 10, 1966.

Until his recent appointment, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu with service number 8406, he was a member of Regular Course 35 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

At a time, he was the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole until he was sacked in 2017 for alleged incompetence. Under his watch, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations were on the rise.

Barely a month after he assumed office, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Isiaka Amao

Mr Amao, an air vice marshall, succeeds Abubakar Sadique who resigned from service after spending about 40 years.
The new Air Force Chief was born in Enugu State, South East, Nigeria.

He joined the Nigerian Air Force on January 19, 1984, as a member of 35 NDA Regular Course and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on December 20,1986.

He served at the 99 ACTG Kainji as Trainee/Sqn Pilot from 1993 – 2004, 301 FTS Kaduna as Instructor Pilot/Sqn Pilot from 2004 – 2007, HQ NAF Abuja as Air Assistance to Chief of Air Staff from September 08 – May 10, Nigerian High Commission London as Deputy Defence Adviser from May 10 – August 12.

He also served in the North East as Air Component Commander of operation ZAMAN LAFIYA / LAFIYA DOLE (North East operation) from 13 February 2015 to 16 February 2016.

Until his new appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command (TAC).

A fighter pilot, the new Air Force Chief is married with three children.

Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo

Auwal Gambo, a rear admiral, succeeds Ibok Ibas who resigned from service after spending over 35 years.

Formally known as Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, the new Naval Chief is an indigene of Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State.

He joined the Nigerian Navy in September 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in September 1988.

An Underwater Warfare specialist with a sub-specialisation in Intelligence, the new Naval Chief also attended Junior Division 48/89 and Senior Course 26 both at AFCSC Jaji.

Other courses attended include the National Defence Course at the South African National Defence College.

Until his recent appointment, he was the Director of Procurement at the Defence Space Administration.

Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor

Major General Lucky Irabor was born on October 5, 1965. He is from Ika South of Delta State and he is a member of regular course 34 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

He was the immediate Chief of Training and Operations, Defence headquarters, took over from the erstwhile Commander, Major General AA Tarfa.

On the 26th January 2021 he was appointed the new Chief of Defence Staff by President Buhari Muhammadu Buhari.

Major General Lucky E.O. Irabor is the Chief of Defence, Training and Operations (CDTOP) at the Defence Headquarters, Armed Forces of Nigeria. He is an Alumnus of the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College Ghana, the National Defence College Bangladesh and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Programme, USA.

He is a trained Engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University and holds Masters Degrees from the University of Ghana, Accra, and Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.

As the CDTOPs, he oversees training and operations in the Armed Forces of Nigeria under the direction of the Chief of Defence Staff.

Specifically, he undertakes periodic reviews of a broad range of policies and activities relating to training and operations in the Armed forces. In addition to his schedules, he is the Chairman of the AFN Committee on COVID-19. The Committee is working to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease in the establishments of the Armed forces in line with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control protocols. The Committee is also giving support to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 including the deployment of Medical Personnel across the country to boost the available manpower in the management of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

The General was formerly the Theatre Commander of OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, North-East Nigeria as well as Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin Area.

The operations focused on Counter-Terrorism/Counterinsurgency. He is a multi-award-winning military including ECOMOG and United Nations Awards and Medals.

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