According to a statement by the Defence Headquarters, released before his appointment as COAS, Major General Farouk Yahaya was in charge of the fight against Boko Haram in north eastern Nigeria.
Major General Yahaya, once hold the position of the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army
He is a member of Regular Course 37 of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, He hails from Zamfara State, and was born on the 5th of January 1966 in Sifawa, present day Bodinga Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
He gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, as member of 37 Regular course in 1985 and passed out in September 1990, then posted to Infantry. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in History and Masters Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
Major-General Farouk Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army before he handed over power to Major General Usman Mohammed in April 2020. He later was appointed as the new Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria when he assumed the position in 2020, Major General Yahaya had taken over this appointment from Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, who was redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as a Senior Research Fellow.
Before his appointment as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Yahaya lead as the Commander of 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army. In 2019, Yahaya lead the Operation CLEAN SWEEP for a clearance operation to flush out bandits in Kuduru forest in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.
Speaking with News Men, Major General Yahaya said they destroyed bandit camps in that operation but five of his soldiers sustained injury.
More on Major General Yahaya and his journey in the Army
commissioned as a Lieutenant on 27th September 1990 and was promoted to
Captain on 27th September 1994
Major on 27th September 1998.
Lieutenant Colonel on 27th September 2003.
Colonel on 27th September 2008
Brigadier General on 27th September 2013
Major General on 27th September 2017.
Appointments held includes:
Platoon Commander 181 Mechanised Battalion.
Platoon Commander 82 Mechanised Battalion.
Company Second in Command 81 Battalion.
Aide de Camp to Kano State Administrator.
Company Second in Command 20 Battalion
Commanding Officer 7 Battalion.
General Staff Officer Grade 2 Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations (Field Exercises).
Staff Officer Grade 2 (Administration) Headquarters Guards Brigade.
Staff Officer Grade 1 Headquarters Guards Brigade.
Garrison Commander, Guards Brigade.
Directing Staff, Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
Deputy Director Military Secretary 3, Department of Military Secretary (Army).
Deputy Director Military Secretary 2, Department of Military Secretary (Army).
Deputy Director Research and Development, Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans.
Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Operation Pulo Shield.
Deputy Military Secretary 1, Department of Military Secretary (Army).
Principal General Staff Officer to the Honourable Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence.
Commander 4 Brigade Nigerian Army.
Commander 29 Task Force Brigade, Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
Director Manpower, Army Headquarters Department of Administration.
Military Secretary (Army), Department of Military Secretary (Army).
General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army.
Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI.
According to the army, Major General Farouk Yahaya is married with Children.
As the new Chief of Army Staff he is expected to deliver the presidency promise to bring insurgency and banditry to an end in the country.