PROFILE! Meet The New Chief Of Army Staff, Major General Attahiru


 

Who Is Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim?

Major General Attahiru Ibrahim is the new Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff who has replaced Buratai.

Before the appointment of Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim as the new Chief of Army Staff, he was incharge of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army.

Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to lead the offensive against Boko Haram in the North-East in May 2017.

He was later replaced with another general, Nicholas Rogers, who led a special military and police force to tackle ethnic clashes in the volatile central region.

Here is a report about Major General Attahiru Ibrahim by The Cable in December 2017.

Army replaces commander in war against Boko Haram after six months

Attahiru Ibrahim, a major general, has been removed from his position as the theatre commander of the Lafiya Dole operation.

TheCable understands that Ibrahim has been replaced by Rogers Nicholas, a major general who was formerly in charge of logistics at the army headquarters.

Ibrahim is expected to resume as deputy chief of policy and plans at the army headquarters.

His removal is said to be linked to the seeming inefficiency of his command in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.

In May, he took over the theatre command from Lucky Irabor who is now coordinating the multinational joint task force (MNJTF).

Since then, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations have been on the rise.

In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri area of Borno state. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

Some members of staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the team were also killed in the brutal ambush.

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, in August gave a 40-day ultimatum for Ibrahim and his troops to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram sect, but this is yet to be achieved.

Months after the army chief had ordered the capture of Shekau, the sect, using four female suicide bombers, attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.

Series of attacks were also carried out in Adamawa state.

About 40 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a mosque in Yola.

A unit commander of the army and about 15 soldiers were killed in November when the insurgents attacked a military unit in Sassawa, Yobe state.

A recent attack was carried out in Biu, Borno state, where two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a market, killing about 18 people.

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