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“We have Al Qaida in west Africa” – Air Marshal Alex Badeh (Chief of Defence Staff)


 

This is a video clip of Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh where he said the military knows where the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls are being held. Badeh was addressing a live crowd of demonstrators in Abuja. Excerpts from what he said:

 

“The good for the girls is we know where they are but we cannot tell you. We cannot come and tell you military secrets here. Just leave us alone – we are working. We will get the girls back…We have Al Qaida in west Africa. I believe it 100%… People from outside Nigeria are in this war. They are fighting us. They wants to destablise our country, and some people in this country are standing with the forces of darkness. No! We must salvage our country.”

 

http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/05/27/nigerian-military-on-abducted-girls-we-k?videoId=313094309

 

Nigeria’s Security Chiefs Visit Chibok


 

The heads of Nigeria’s army, air force, navy, police, the GOC of the 7 Division Major-General Ahmadu Abubakar, and the National Security Adviser Lt-Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired), visit Chibok. Strange to see Major-General Abubakar there as press reports claimed he was removed from his command.

Nigerian Army Chronicle of Command (May 2014)


NIGERIAN ARMY – CHRONICLE OF COMMAND

POST NAME
Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh
Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu
Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Usman Jibrin
General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Kaduna Major-General Kenneth Osuji
General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Ibadan Major-General Emmanuel Abejirin
General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, Jos Major-General John Zaruwa
General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Maiduguri Brigadier-General M.Y. Ibrahim
General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Lagos Major-General Bata Debi
General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu Major-General Shehu Yusuf
Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta (Operation PULO SHIELD) Major-General Emmanuel Atewe
Commandant, National Defence College – Abuja Rear-Admiral Thomas Lokoson
Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College – Jaji Air Vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje
Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy – Kaduna Major-General Mohammed Idris
Flag Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Oghara (Delta State) Rear-Admiral S.H. Usman
Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Yenagoa (Bayelsa State) Rear-Admiral P.A. Agba
Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Calabar Rear-Admiral O.C. Medani
Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Apapa (Lagos) Rear-Admiral Samuel Alade
Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi Air Vice Marshal Umar Omeiza
Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, Yenagoa Air Vice Marshal Samuel Abosede
Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Kaduna Air Vice Marshal Salihu Bala-Ribah
Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Lagos Air Vice Marshal Mike Iloenyosi
Chief of Defence Intelligence (Defence Intelligence Agency) Major-General Sani Yakubu Audu
Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence (Defence Intelligence Agency) Air Vice Marshal James Gbum
Commander, Guards Brigade, Abuja Brigadier-General Anthony Omozoje
Provost Marshal Major-General Patrick Akem
Chief of Operations at Army Headquarters Major-General J.A.H. Ewansiha
Chief of Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters Major-General Bonna Awala
Chief of Logistics at Army Headquarters Major-General Olufemi Adeosun
Commandant, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna Major-General Salihu Uba
Military Secretary – Army Major-General Iliyasu Abbah
Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (CASE Major-General Ahmed Tijani Jibrin
Director of Administration, Defence Headquarters Major-General Obi Abel Umahi
Commander – Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja Brigadier General Barry Ndiomu*
Director of Policy at Army Headquarters Major-General John Nwaoga
Commandant, Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Major-General Sanusi Nasiru Muazu
Chief of Policy and Plans Major-General Jack Okechukwu Nwaogbo
Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry; Major-General Charley Okoro
Director of Defence Information Major-General Chris Olukolade
Director, Army Public Relations Brigadier General Olajide Laleye

 

*Son of the late Major-General Charles Ndiomu

Profile of Nigeria’s New Service Chiefs (October 2012)


Last week President Goodluck Jonathan retired the Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin and Chief of Air Staff  Air Marshal Muhammed Umar.

The new Chief of Defence Staff is Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim (who until his appointment was the Chief of Naval Staff). The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika, was the only service chief to retain his post.

 

Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim

 

 

Vice Admiral Ibrahim was born on June 15, 1955. A graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, he trained with the Royal and Indian navies. Vice Admiral Ibrahim is a navigation and direction specialist.

He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Ahmadu Bello University. He was at the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK, as a member in 2002, where he also obtained a Master’s degree from the Department of War Studies and Public Policy at the Kings’ College, University of London.

He was appointed navy secretary in August 2005. After that he was appointed chief of administration and subsequently chief of training and operations. In February 2009, he was appointed flag officer commanding Western Naval Command. He was appointed  the chief of the naval staff on September 8, 2010.

 

Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh

 

 

Air Vice Marshal Badeh was born in Vimtim, Mubi North local government area, Adamawa State, on January 10, 1957. He was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on January 3, 1977, and was commissioned pilot officer on July 3, 1979. He was promoted air vice marshal on January 3, 2008.

He started his flying career at the 301 Flying Training School on the Bulldog Primary Trainer aircraft in 1979. Between 1981 and 82, he attended undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in the United States Air Force.

He attended the junior division course at Armed Forces Command and Staff College in 1988, and the senior division course at the same institution between 1995 and 1996. He attended the National War College as a member of Course 14 and graduated in August 2006. He was at the University of Ibadan for an M.Sc in Strategic Studies.

AVM Badeh has held several appointments, among which are staff officer, 2 Operations, at Training Command; CO, administration, operations support and operations wings, and then the office of fleet operations officer all in the presidential air fleet. He was commander, presidential air fleet, from June 2002 to October 25, 2004. He also held the offices of command training officer at Training Command; deputy director, training; and director of research at the Defence HQ.

AVM Badeh was a directing staff and director, national military strategy, at the National Defence College. The senior officer is a qualified flying instructor and has accumulated over 6,000 flying hours on the Bulldog 123, Do 128-6, Do 228, Hawker 125, Hawker 1000, Falcon 900 and Gulfstream 5 airplanes. AVM Badeh has extensive international flight operations experience. Until his appointment as chief of the air staff, he was the air officer commanding, Training Command, Kaduna.

 

Vice-Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba

 

A graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna Regular Course 22 and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, he trained at various times with the United States, Royal and Indian navies.   Rear Admiral Dele Joseph is a Navigation and Direction Specialist and holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.

Rear Admiral Ezeoba has had tours of duty onboard several Nigerian Naval Ships in various capacities and successfully commanded different classes of Nigerian Naval Ships including the nation’s flagship, Nigerian Naval Ship ARADU.   He was a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and the National Defence College, Abuja. He would later return to the Defence College as Director Curriculum and Programmes Development.

Rear Admiral DJ Ezeoba also served as the Director of Operations and later as the Chief of Training and Operations at the Naval Headquarters.   It was from this appointment that he was appointed as the Deputy Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Chief of Administration at the Defence Headquarters, the appointment he held till his elevation to the present appointment of the Chief of the Naval Staff on 4 October 2012.

Rear Admiral Ezeoba is fluent in various languages including, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. He is a member Royal Institute of Navigation and the US Naval Institute. He is decorated with the Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and the Golden Jubilee Medal. He is happily married to Vivian Ifeyinwa Ezeoba and the family is blessed with children. His hobbies include reading, golf and football.

Rear Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba was born on 25 July 1958 in Jos, Plateau State although he hails from Ibusa in Oshimili- North Local Government Area of Delta State.   A graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna Regular Course 22 and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, he trained at various times with the United States, Royal and Indian navies.   Rear Admiral Dele Joseph is a Navigation and Direction Specialist and holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.

Rear Admiral Ezeoba has had tours of duty onboard several Nigerian Naval Ships in various capacities and successfully commanded different classes of Nigerian Naval Ships including the nation’s flagship, Nigerian Naval Ship ARADU.   He was a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and the National Defence College, Abuja. He would later return to the Defence College as Director Curriculum and Programmes Development.

Rear Admiral DJ Ezeoba also served as the Director of Operations and later as the Chief of Training and Operations at the Naval Headquarters.   It was from this appointment that he was appointed as the Deputy Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Chief of Administration at the Defence Headquarters, the appointment he held till his elevation to the present appointment of the Chief of the Naval Staff on 4 October 2012.

Rear Admiral Ezeoba is fluent in various languages including, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. He is a member Royal Institute of Navigation and the US Naval Institute. He is decorated with the Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and the Golden Jubilee Medal. He is happily married to Vivian Ifeyinwa Ezeoba and the family is blessed with children. His hobbies include reading, golf and football.

 

 

Profile of New Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike


AIR CHIEF MARSHAL PAUL DIKE

DSS psc (+) fwc MSc CFR

http://www.nigerianairforce.net/meet_cas.htm

(FORMER)CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE

Air Marshal Paul Dike hails from Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his primary education at St Barnabas Primary School, Ilorin and then went to Ogbomosho Grammar School, Oyo state. Paul joined the Nigerian Defence Academy on 22 January 1973 as an officer cadet. He was granted a regular combatant commission into the Nigerian Air Force as Pilot Officer on 21 June 1975.

PROMOTION LADDER

Pilot Officer Paul Dike was promoted Flying Officer on 22 January 19 77 and became Flight Lieutenant on 22 January 1981. By 22 July 1985, Paul Dike was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader. Six year later, on 22 January 1991, he became a Wing Commander. He was promoted to the rank of Group Captain on 22 January 1996. Thereafter, he attained the rank of Air Commodore on 22 January 2001, the rank he held until 22 January 2004 when he was elevated to the rank of Air Vice Marshal.

The 15th Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) was promoted to Air Marshal on 30 May 2006, the same day he was appointed CAS.

COURSES ATTENDED

Air Marshal Dike attended several courses at home and abroad. Some of these include, Primary Flying Training at 301 Flying Training School, Kaduna on the Piaggio and Bulldog Aircraft and thereafter proceeded to Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma in the United States for the Undergraduate Pilot Training.

Subsequently, he went back for the Instructor Pilot Training at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Alabama, USA. The Chief of the Air Staff also attended the MB -339 Tactical Conversion Course and the L-39 Tactical Recurrency Training in Italy and Czechoslovakia respectively. Thereafter, he proceeded to National War College, Abuja. Air Marshal Dike has flown several combat aircraft in the Nigerian Air Force inventory and abroad. Some of these include, Piaggio, Bulldog, Cessna, T-37 Jet Trainer, T-38 Super Sonic, Mig 15, Mig 17, Mig 21, L-29, L-39, MB-339, and the Alpha Jet.

APPOINTMENTS HELD

Air Marshal Paul Dike has held several appointments. He was the Staff Officer (1) Operations, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command. Later, he became an Instructor Pilot at the Operational Conversion Unit of Mig 21, a position which enabled him to be involved in so many Armed Recce Operations in sustenance of our National Defence Objectives, Subsequently, he moved to 303 Flying Training School, Kano as the Chief Flying Instructor. Thereafter, he was appointed Commander, NAF station Yola and later deployed as Commander ECOMOG Air Detachment in Freetown, Sierra Leone. On completion of his tour of duty, he moved to Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji as a Directing Staff.

Air Marshal Dike was also the Commander, National Air Defence Corps and Airport Commandant, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. He was later appointed Deputy Director, Plans at Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force. Thereafter, he was posted to 303 Flying Training School, Kano as Commander. Subsequently, he was appointed Commander, Presidential Air Fleet. He was the Director of Operations at Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force and later moved to Headquarters, Training Command, Kaduna as the Air Officer Commanding. From Kaduna, Air Marshal Paul Dike was posted to Tactical Air Command, Makurdi as the Air Officer Commanding, a position he held until 30 May 2006 when he was appointed the 15th Chief of the Air Staff.

HONOURS AND DECORATIONS

Air Marshal Paul Dike is the recipient of the National Honour of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR). He was given the most outstanding Air Force Officer award for 1996 and the Chief of the Air Staff award for excellence at the National War College, Abuja. Some other medals and decorations received by the Air Marshal Paul Dike include: FSS, MSS DSS psc (+) fwc. He also holds a Masters Degree (Msc) in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.

HOBBY

He is a keen Tennis player.

MARITAL STATUS

The CAS is happily married.

Profile of Nigeria’s New Military Service Chiefs


New Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike (left) with former Chiefs of Defence Staff Generals Agwai and Azazi.

New Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike (left) with former Chiefs of Defence Staff Generals Agwai and Azazi.

Yar’Adua appoints new service chiefs

http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/news/article01//indexn3_html?pdate=210808&ptitle=Yar’Adua%20appoints%20new%20service%20chiefs&cpdate=210808

  • Dike replaces Azazi as Defence boss
  • Army: Maj-Gen. Dambazau
  • Navy: Vice Admiral Iko Ibrahim
  • Air Force: Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin
    From Martins Oloja, Abuja Bureau Chief

AIR Vice Marshal Paul Dike emerged as the new Chief of Defence Staff yesterday as President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua continued the restructuring of government machinery.

Dike, hitherto the Chief of Air Staff, replaces Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi who should have retired last year.

New service chiefs also emerged yesterday as confirmed by Presidential spokesman Segun Adeniyi to State House correspondents.

In the new dispensation approved by the President who went to Saudi Arabia yesterday for the lesser Hajj, Maj. Gen. A. Dambazau from Kano State is the new Chief of Army Staff. He was until yesterday the General Officer Commanding 2nd Division, of the Army in Ibadan. He replaced the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Luka Yusuf, who was also to have retired earlier.

The new Chief of Air Staff is Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin. He was Air Officer Commanding Nigeria Air Force Training Command, Kaduna. Vice Admiral Isaiah Iko Ibrahim is the new Chief of Naval Staff, replacing. Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, who should have retired too since last year.

The Service Chiefs Retreat earlier scheduled for Kaduna today has been postponed as a result of the changes in the military command structure.

It was confirmed last night that Yar’Adua and the Defence Minister, Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, met yesterday with the former service chiefs before the announcement of the changes.

It was not clear last night whether the President will present the names of the new service chiefs to the National Assembly for confirmation as required by the Armed Forces Act.

Specifically, Section 18 of the Army Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation, 2004 provides that (1): Appointments of Service Chiefs, etc. – The President, may after consultation with the Chief of Defence Staff and subject to confirmation by the National Assembly, appoint such officers (in this Act referred to as ” the Service Chiefs”) as he thinks fit, in whom the command of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as the case may be, and their Reserves shall be vested.

(2) The Service Chiefs shall be known-

(a) in the case of the Nigerian Army, as the Chief of Army Staff

(b) in the case of the Nigerian Navy, as the Chief of Navy Staff; and

(c) in the case of the Air Force, as the Chief of Air Staff.

Former Chief of Defence Staff General Owoye Andrew Azazi

Former Chief of Defence Staff General Owoye Andrew Azazi

Controversy began on this turf recently following a disclosure in military circles and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that all the Service Chiefs appointed throughout the eight-year tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo including the ones approved by Yar’Adua and all the actions taken by them via various Councils were illegal, null and void.

Reason: Through a suit filed by a retired General, it was revealed that the law required that in a constitutional democracy, all Service Chiefs must be confirmed by the National Assembly before or after taking office! But the Defence Headquarters, through its lawyer, said the Constitution did not say so.

But this legal requirement has never been met since the May 29, 1999 democratic restoration.

This fact, now believed to be unknown to even the National Assembly, came to the fore via a Court record obtained and reported by The Guardian recently.

The matter, now under litigation, is actually contained in a suit filed by Major-General Ovo Adekegha against military authorities that purported to have retired him via an Army Council meeting reportedly held on February 11, 2008.

In the Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/76/08 filed at the Federal High Court on March 18, 2008, against the Nigerian Army Council, the Honourable Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, the Permanent Secretary, (MoD), the plaintiff had sought for determination three questions:

  • Whether the Defendants’ conclusion at the meeting of 11 February, 2008, concerning the commission of the plaintiff which resulted in the decision contained in the letter of 11 February, 2008 and the letter dated 14 March, 2008 was not inconsistent with the plaintiff’s Right to Fair Hearing guaranteed under Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
  • Whether the composition of the Army Council, which met on 11 February, 2008 deliberated and resolved that the plaintiff resign his commission on disciplinary grounds was not in violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the 1999 and the Army Forces Act CAP A20 , Laws of the Federation 2004.
  • Whether the Army Council under Section 9 of the Armed Forces Act CAP No A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 has the power to remove compulsorily, retire and terminate the Commission of the plaintiff or any officer of the Nigerian Army.

The plaintiff had, therefore, sought some nine reliefs and declarations including a “A Declaration that the Nigerian Army Council as presently constituted is unconstitutional, illegal and cannot remove, retire or terminate the commission of the plaintiff under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Besides, the plaintiff (Adhekegba) sought a “Declaration that the findings and decisions of the Nigerian Army Council at its meeting of 11 February to the effect that the plaintiff’s conduct over the time has been pre-judicial to military discipline, therefore, should resign his commission or be compulsorily retired, is in violation of Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 is void and without any legal effect.”

The plaintiff also sought a “Declaration that full compliance with Section 18 of the Armed Forces Act with respect to the appointment of Chief of Army Staff (4th Defendant) is mandatory.”

Former Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye

Former Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye

Chiefs of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs since May 29, 1999 are as follows:

Chiefs of Defence Staff:

  • Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi (Kogi State)
  • General Alexander Ogomudia (Delta)
  • General Martin Luther Agwai (Kaduna)
  • General Andrew Owoye Azazi (Bayelsa)

Chiefs of Army Staff:

  • Lt Gen Victor Malu (Benue)
  • Gen Alexander Ogomudia (Delta)
  • Gen Martin Luther Agwai (Kaduna)
  • Gen Andrew Owoye Azazi (Bayelsa)
  • Lt Gen Luka Yusuf (Kaduna)

Chiefs of the Naval Staff:

  • Vice Admiral Victor Ombu (Bayelsa)
  • Vice Admiral Samuel Afolanyan (Kwara)
  • Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye (Kwara)

Chiefs of the Air Staff:

  • Air Marshal Isaac Alfa
  • Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep (Plateau)
  • Air Marshal Paul Dike (Delta)

All the Chiefs of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs before now were from the minority tribes. While Ogohi and Alfa are Igala, Ombu and Azazi are Ijaw.

Former Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Luka Yusuf

Former Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Luka Yusuf

Malu is Tiv, Ogomudia is Isoko, Afolayan and Adekeye are from the Offa area of Kwara. Wuyep is from Plateau, Dike is from Delta North while Agwai and Yusuf are from the Kachia, southern Kaduna area.

Petinrin was born on January 19, 1955 at Ipeju Ijesa in Ori-Ade Local Council Area of Osun State. He did his primary and secondary schools in Osun State before he started his military career.

Petinrin enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on July 3, 1974 as member of Regular Course 16 and was commissioned Pilot Officer on January 3, 1977.

Air Vice Marshal Petinrin has attended several courses since he joined the military. From 1977 to 1978 he attended the Undergraduate Pilot Training in Laughlin Air Force Base and Fighter Pilot Lead-in-Training at Maxwell Air Force Base both in the United States of America where he qualified as a fighter pilot. In 1982 he attended a Flight Safety Course in Pakistan.

Petinrin also did his Junior Division Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in 1980 and between 1982 and 1983, he attended the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, United States for his Senior Command Staff Course.

Petinrin is also a member of Course 10 of the prestigious National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria. Some of the aircraft flown by Petinrin include. Bulldog, L29, Alfa Jet and Mig21.

Petinrin has held several command, staff and training appointments in the Nigerian Armed Forces. Between 1983 and 1985 he was the Officer Commanding B Squadron at the Air Defence Group, Maiduguri and thereafter became the Operations Officer in the same Unit. From 1986 to 1988, Petinrin was a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna. In 1988, he was appointed Military Assistant to the then Chief of the Air Staff and subsequently he was moved to Headquarters Training Command as Staff Officer 1 Operations in 1989.

Thereafter, Petinrin was posted to 99 Air Weapons School Kainji in 1991 as Group Operations Officer and later appointed Commander of the School from 1993 to 1994. He was also once the Director of Evaluation at Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force and later posted to National Defence College from 1988 to 2000 as a Directing Staff. During the period, Petinrin was also made the Director of National Military Strategy of the National Defence College. In 2005, Air Vice Marshal Petinrin was posted to Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Makurdi as Senior Air Staff Officer and thereafter, in 2007 he was moved to Defence Headquarters as the Director of Electronic Warfare. Subsequently, he was redeployed as the Chief of Defence Communications at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

Petinrin has received several awards and medals. He was first in order of merit on his graduation from NDA in 1974. He won the best Officer Cadet Award at his graduation from Primary Flying Training Wing Kaduna and was also Best Overall Foreign Student Pilot on his graduation from Undergraduate Pilot Training Course at Laughlin Air Force Base, United States of America.

Petinrin also bagged the Chief of Defence Staff Award as well as the Chief of the Air Staff Award on his graduation at the National Defence College. He also topped his Masters of Strategic Studies Class on graduation from the University of Ibadan. His other decorations include Forces Services Star, Meritorious Services Star and Defence Services star.

Petinrin is married and has four children. His hobbies include reading, jogging and playing squash.

Nigeria’s New Military Service Chiefs Promoted


Left to Right: Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, Lt-Gen Dambauzu, Vice-Admiral Ibrahim and Air Marshal Petinrin.

From http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=120530

New Service Chiefs Promoted

•Yar’Adua orders boards to ratify new ranks

By Collins Edomaruse, 08.24.2008

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Paul Dike has been promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal. He is the first in the 34-year history of the service to rise to the rank. The new rank is to be ratified this week by the Nigerian Air Force Board while his decoration by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua ‘follows immediately’.

This was contained in a statement yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President (Communi-cations), Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.

He also said that, apart from the elevation of Dike, the three other service chiefs, Major-General A.B. Dambazau (Army), Rear Admiral Iko Ibrahim (Navy) and Air Vice-Marshall Okuseyi Petinrin (Air Force) have equally been promoted to their next ranks.

Their new ranks, according to Adeniyi, are to be ratified this week by their various service boards while their decorations will be done by Yar’Adua, who also ordered the ratification.

By implication, Dam-bazau is now a Lieutenant-General while Ibrahim and Petirin are Vice-Admiral and Air Marshal respectively.

Dike, second air force personnel to be appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in the last 10 years after Air Marshal Al-Amin Daggash (rtd), is the first 4-star general the service has produced.

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