By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA — The Nigerian Air Force has effected a shake-up in its high command with the appointment of new Air Officers Commanding, AOCs.
According to a statement by the Director of Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the new AOCs are Air Vice Marshal M.C. Ilonyosi, former Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command; he is the new Air Officer Commanding Tactical Command, while his predecessor Air Vice Marshal U.A. Omeiza moves to Mobility Command as the Air Officer Commanding.
Air Vice Marshal O.T. Oguntoyinbo, formerly the Chief of Training and Operations at Nigerian Air Force headquarters, takes charge as the new Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, while Air Vice Marshal A.O. Odunlade takes charge as the Chief of Training and Operations at the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters.
Air Vice Marshal I.Umar is the new Chief of Aircraft Engineering, Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force, while Air Vice Marshal E.N. Nzokala is moved to Air Warfare Centre as the Commandant.
Air Vice Marshals E.C. Akogu, AVM S.A. Dambo and AVM T.L. Danbaki are posted as Senior Air Staff Officers at Mobility Command, Tactical Air Command and Training Command. while Air Vice Marshal M.A. Muhhammed is the Chairman of Air Exposition/International and Liaison.
Also posted are Air Vice Marshals E.E. Agwungu, R.A. Ojuawo and S.I. Onuh. who take charge of Directorates of Policy, Operations and Nigerian Air Force Transformation.
Air Commodore J.B. Adigun is the Chief of Accounts and Budget, while Air Commodore J.N. Igboneme is the new Commander, 33 Logistics Group.
Other newly appointed Directors at the Air Force Headquarters include Air Commodore E.A. Johnson, C.O. Usoh, N.A. Kolofo, S. Naiya, S.O. Akpassa and E.O. Akinbayo, who are to take charge of Directorates of Air Traffic Service, Production, Materials and System Management, Education, Plans and Administration.
Air Commodore I. Bukar is the new Hanger Director Aero-nautical Technical Service Limited, while Air Commodore O.O. Akinsanya is the Air Provost Marshal.
Some of the newly appointed Commanders include Air Commodore H.E.O. Eze, Commander 401 Aircraft Maintenance Deport, Air Commodore A.M. Sadique, Commander 407 Equipment Supply Depot.
Air Commodore L.U. Mshelia is the new Commander, Quick Response Force, Air Commodore E.F. Golit, Commander. 335 Base Services Group and Group Captain M.C. Nnaji, Commander. 403 Electronics Maintenance Depot.
The appointments, approved by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, are with immediate effect, the statement added.