BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—The Nigerian Navy and Air force Councils headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the promotion of six (6) Rear Admirals (2-Star Generals), on the recommendation of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba and 15 Air Vice Marshals on the recommendation of Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Air Staff.
The Nigerian Navy board approved the promotion of 130 officers to various ranks including the Rear Admirals, 44 Commodores, 50 Captains and 30 Commanders.
The newly promoted Rear Admirals include Commodore O.C. Medani, Commodore J.O. Okojie and Commodore J.O. Oluwole.
Also promoted are Commodore F.D. Bobai, Commodore A.O. Odeh and Commodore S.U. Ahmadu.
Commodore Shehu Usman Ahmadu is the Commander, Central Pay office, Lagos, Commodore Obiora C. Medani, Director of Training at Naval Headquarters, and Commodore Joseph Okojie, Director of Operations at Naval Headquarters.
Others are Commodore Ferguson Bobai, one time Commander, Naval Unit, Abuja, Commodore James Oladipo Oluwole, Commanding Officer, NNS Victory, Calabar and Commodore Odeh, an engineering officer.
Vanguard gathered that the promotion of the Naval officers which came after a rigorous screening exercise that involved 70 officers was like the proverbial camel passing through the eye of a needle.
Before his promotion to Rear Admiral, Commodore Obiora Medani had served as Chief Staff Officer, Eastern Naval Command and Director of Naval Information. Commodore Ferguson Bobai had served as Director of Naval Intelligence and Commander, Naval Unit.
Commodore Shehu Ahmadu who was at several times Supply Officer, NNS Aradu, CABO Sea Training Command, Deputy Director Accounts and DONA, has a BSc, MBA and is a Certified National Accountant, did his higher strategic course at the South African Defence College.
On its part, the Air Force Council approved the promotion of 107 senior officers with 15 of them as AVM’s, 39 Air Commodores, 31 Group Captains and 22 Wing Commanders.
The 15 Air Vice Marshals are Air Vice Marshal Elam Nzokala, Air Vice Marshal Christopher Gudi, Air Vice Marshal Suleiman Dambo, Air Vice Marshal Victor Udoh, Air Vice Marshal Chukwuma Mojekwu, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Akogu, and Air Vice Marshal Eche Agwungwu.
Others are Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, Air Vice Marshal Uko Ebong, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Umaru, Air Vice Marshal Benjamin Nweze, Air Vice Marshal Sani Ahmed, Air Vice Marshal Rufus Ojuawo, Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao, and Air Vice Marshal Stephen Onuh.
The senior officers elevated to the rank of Air Commodore include Air Commodore Oluwole Akinsanya, Air Commodore Isiaka Amao, Air Commodore Ayuba Lassa, Air Commodore Christopher Umolu, Air Commodore Abdulganiyu Olabisi, Air Commodore Danladi Bausa, Air Commodore Ibukun Ojeyemi and Air Commodore Remigius Ekeh.
Others are Air Commodore Christopher Dola, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Air Commodore Lazarus Mshelia, Aliyu Pani, Dahiru Sanda, Mahmud Madi, Usman Suleiman, Charles Ohwo, Mohammed Yakubu, Emmanuel Wonah, Idi Lubo, Akugbe Iyamu, Morgan Idonibo, Dauda Prayero, John Ochomma, Sonny Ohemu, Paul Jemitola, Sambo Usman.
Also promoted Air Commodore are Emenike Umeoka, Chinwedu Onyike, Taofiki Oladega, Musa Tanko, Hyacinth Eze, Ayodele Dudusola, Nelson Camday, Christopher Egwoba, Abdullahi Kassimu, lliyasu Yahaya, Olatokunbo Adesanya, Dele Alonge, Ado Inuwa and Emmanuel Akinbayo.
The newly promoted Group Captains are; Group Captain Wapkerem Maigida, Group Captain Ayo Famuyiwa, Group Captain Chidiebere Obiabaka, Group Capt. Anthony Ekpe, Group Captain Ikechukwu Ogbodo, Group Captain Gideon Bako, Group Captain Okey Ezeanyagu, Group Captain Anthony Martins and Group Captain Esen Efanga.
Also promoted Group Captain is Ndubuisi Okoro, Micheal Ekwueme, Group Captain Simon Peter, Mohammed Yusuf, Henry Yurkusi, Ademuyiwa Adedoyin, John Laoye, Jibril Usman, Abdullahi Bello, Abdulrasheed Kotun, Felix Uwakara, Abubakar Sule, Loveday Wariboko, Mohammed Ibrahim, Luther Kamat, Sylvanus Ojo, Razaq Olarenwaju, John Opara, and Zayyan Usman.