Yahaya assumes office as 22nd Chief of Army Staff

The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, yesterday assumed the leadership of the Nigerian Army as the 22nd Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday approved the appointment of Yahaya following the death of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, in a plane crash in Kaduna on May 21.

The new COAS was until his appointment the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, the military counter-insurgency operation in the North East.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yahaya had earlier visited the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, before going to the Army Headquarters for the taking over ceremony.

He was received at AHQ by the Chief of Policy and Plan, Maj-Gen. Ben Ahanotu, who also briefed him before he proceeded to assume office.

The COAS however asked for a minute silence in honour of the late Attahiru and other officers who died with him, after which he asked journalists to leave the hall for closed door meeting with officers.

He did not make any public statement before departing the Army Headquarters.

NAN reports that the new COAS was born on January 5, 1966 in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Yahaya, who is a member of the 37 Regular Course of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), started his cadet training on September 27, 1985 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on September 22, 1990.

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