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Late COAS, General Attahiru’s Possible Successors Emerge

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The search for the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru who died alongside ten other military officers has commenced.

Attahiru and other military officers were buried in Abuja on Saturday.

There are speculations that Major General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of Nigerian Army, Kaduna, may become the COAS.

But Ali-Keffi, a Nasarawa indigene, is not among the most senior Army officers. There are more than 30 Major Generals above him.

A top military officer that spoke with PRNigeria noted that there are several factors considered for the appointment of service chiefs beyond seniority.

“The President has the discretion to appoint anyone he wishes, or probably a nomination from the Minister of Defence. Apart from seniority, officers considered must be grounded in military operations and intelligence”, he said.

Other officers being appraised

The Chief of Policy and Plan, Major General Ben Ahanotu of Regular Course 35 from Anambra State. He was the commander of the operation that captured Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf and his followers at their hideout in Maiduguri in 2009 before handing them over to the Police.

Major General AM Aliyu of Regular Course 36 from Gombe State is another operation officer. He is the Chief of Administration and former Director Foreign Liaison at the Defence Intelligence Agency. He was responsible for processing intelligence for military operations.

Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf of Regular Course 37 from Yobe State. He is Chief of Operation and former Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). Yusuf, formerly of the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, lectured at the Nigerian Defence College (NDC), Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), and Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji.

Major General Faruk Yahaya of Regular Course 37 from Zamfara State. He is the current Theatre Commander Operation in the North-East and former General Officer Commanding Officer, 1 Division.