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.