By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA – The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, yesterday, effected the redeployment of 61 senior officers of flag ranks, even as he appointed new Flag Officers Commanding Naval Autonomous Com-mands and branch chiefs.
This is just as the Nigerian Army reiterated that recruitment into the service is free, warning unsuspecting members of the public to beware of fraudster who may attempt to defraud them.
The appointments in the Navy affected 28 Rear Admirals and 33 Commodores.
Rear Admiral R. O. Osondu, is now Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command; Rear Admiral E. G. Offik is Flag Officer Comman-ding Logistics Command; Rear Admiral A. A. Osinowo, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, while Rear Admiral A. S. Abdukadir is Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command.
A statement by Commodore Kabir Aliyu, Director of Naval Information, said: “Rear Admiral S. U. Chinweuba, formerly Admiral Superintendent Naval Dockyard Lagos, resumes as Chief of Naval Engineering, Naval Headquarters, while Rear Admiral P. A. Agba, formerly Chief of Logistics, has been appointed Chief of Naval Transformation.
“Read Admiral J. A. Ajani has been moved from Defence Headquarters to Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre as Admiral Superintendent, while Rear Admiral S. I. Alade, formerly Chief of Naval Transformation, moves to National Defence College as Commandant.
“Furthermore, Rear Admiral A. A. Dacosta moves from Defence Headquarters to Naval Headquarters as Chief of Naval Safety and Standards; Rear Admiral K. B. Ati-John is now Director of Plans, Naval Headquarters.
“Rear Admiral B. A. Egbedina moves to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Administration from Naval Training Command, where he was Flag Officer Commanding, while Rear Admiral M. M. Salami resumes as Director of Policy Naval Headquarters.
“Rear Admiral O. C. Medani, formerly Chief of Training and Operations is now Director, Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate. Rear Admiral G. A. Anyankpele, formerly Chief of Administration is now Chief of Logistics Naval Headquarters.
“Rear Admiral H. H. Babalola, former Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command is now Chief of Training and Operations at Naval Headquarters, while Rear Admiral A. L. Akintola is now Admiral Superintendent Naval Dockyard Ltd, Lagos.
“Rear Admiral J. K. Z. Ango, formerly Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command resumes as Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, while Rear Admiral J. D. Michika resumes at Defence Headquarters as Director of Logistics.
“Rear Admiral J. O. Okojie, formerly Admiral Superintendent Naval Ordinance Depot, moves to Defence Headquarters as Director of Plans.
“Similarly, Rear Admiral J. O. Oluwole resumes as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Navy Holdings Limited.
“Additionally, Rear Admiral R. O. Osondu, formerly Admiral Superintendent Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, is now Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, while Rear Admiral A. O. Odeh, formerly Managing Director, Naval Engineering Services Limited, resumes at the Naval Shipyard Limited as Admiral Superintendent.
Rear Admiral U. E. Essien resumes at the Naval Headquarters as Director of Operations from the Defence Headquarters, while Rear Admiral S. O. Paul resumes as Admiral Superintendent Naval Ordinance Depot.
Rear Admiral A. O. Suleiman, formerly Chief Staff Officer at Naval Training Command, is now Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Yenagoa.
Other affected are Rear Admiral B. E. E. Ibe-Enwo, Deputy Commandant, AFCSC Jaji, Rear Admiral S. A. G. Abbah, Director of Logistics, Defence Intelligence Agency, Rear Admiral T. Dick, Director of Training, Defence Headquarters and Rear Admiral D. O. Ajatoye, Commandant, Nigerian Navy Engineering College, Sapele.
The redeployed senior officers are expected to resume in their new units in the third week of September 2015.