Emerging report reaching on Friday morning, indicates that the Nigerian Army has announced the promotion of 421 top Officers to new ranks.
Details of the promotion is contained in a Nigerian Army memo signed by GAT Ochigbano, a Major-General. The memo is referenced: AHQ MS/G1/300/252/2.
The memo, which is dated November 25, 2020, according to Mr. Ochigbano, is made pursuant to the powers conferred on the Army Council, by virtue of Section 10 (1) and 11 (b) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“Consequently, the Army Council has approved the promotion of the underlisted Officers to the rank of Major-General, Brigadier-General, Colonel, and Lieutenant Colonel, with effect from dates shown against their names”, the memo read in part.
The promotion list contains 39 Brigadier-Generals, who were promoted to the rank of Major- General, while 97 Colonels were moved to the rank of Brigadier-General.
Also, 105 Lieutenant Colonels were promoted Colonel, while 180 Majors became Lieutenant Colonels.
However, the newly promoted Officers are barred from using their new ranks, until they are formally decorated.
The instruction reads: “Officers will not wear their new ranks, until they are officially decorated by their Commanders. The promotion will be promulgated in the Army Orders and Federal Government Gazette in due course.
“Please, note that the information contained in this document must not be reproduced for any reason or circumstance, without recourse to the Army Headquarters, Department of Military Secretary.”
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