From the Tribune:
YAR’ADUA REMOVES SERVICE CHIEFS – RETIRES AZAZI, YUSUF, ADEKEYE
Okey Muogbo and Chris Agbamgbu, Abuja – 21.08.2008
PRESIDENT Umaru Yar’Adua has appointed new service chiefs for the armed forces and also announced the retirement of the former service chiefs.
A statement signed by the Presidency said Air Marshal Paul Dike, former Chief of Air Staff, was appointed the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
Dike takes over from General Andrew Azazi who is retiring from service. According to the statement signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Communications, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, Major-General A.B. Dambazau, takes over from Lieutenant General Luka Yusuf as the Chief of Army Staff.
Until his new appointment, General Dambazau was the General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Rear Admiral Isaiah Iko Ibrahim was named Chief of Naval Staff, replacing Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, who also retired from service.
Until his appointment, Rear Admiral Ibrahim was the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command, Lagos.
Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin was appointed as Chief of Air Staff, the position formerly held by the new CDS, Paul Dike.
Air Marshal Petinrin was the Air Officer Commanding the Nigerian Air Force Training Command, Kaduna, before the new appointment.
The statement said the changes took immediate effect while President Yar’Adua and the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, had met with the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs to thank them for their services to the nation.
In a related development, the changes approved by President Yar’Adua have caused the postponment of the Defence Retreat scheduled to begin in Kaduna tomorrow until further notice.
A statement signed by Mr. Adeniyi said Alhaji Ahmed regretted inconveniences the postponement might cause those invited to the retreat, especially former heads of state and traditional rulers.
Meanwhile, President Yar’Adua left Abuja on Wednesday evening to perform the lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia.