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.


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.


4 responses

  1. Akpan, James Edet | Reply

    I congratulate all of them and l wish them long life and prosperity. l want to be like them , what should l do? Akpan, James. Uyo Akwa Ibom State

  2. Another FYI – there are even more senior Nigerian army Generals serving and doing the country proud overseas:

    *General Martin Luther Agwai was the former Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Defence Staff and is currently serving as the commander of the United Nations-African Union peace keeping force in Darfur.

    *Lieutenant-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor is currently the Military Adviser to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Prior to this post Obiakor was Force Commander of the UN Mission in Liberia.

  3. iwish al of them happy new year and long life
    especially, rear admiral iko ibrahim in navy force which is my best force i like so far.and i try to be one of his staff for about 3yrs now they did’nt take.
    pls.Sir make ona help me in this 19 batch.God will bless you.

  4. we pray for u success 4 the tront u are in2 it now, but 4 the feat that pls lead well 4 lord almighty whose eying u 4 the best of ur doing reword is remind ur’s.

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