The new service chiefs are:
Chief of Defence Staff: Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin
Chief of Army Staff: Major-General Azubuike Ihejirika
Chief of Air Staff: Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umar
Chief of Naval Staff: Vice-Admiral Ola Sahad Ibrahim
Inspector-General of Police: Hafiz Abubakar Ringim
Director-General of the State Security Service: Mr. Ita Ekpenyong
Chief of Defence Staff – Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin
Petinrin is the only one of the former service chiefs to survive. He was the Chief of Air Staff and replaces Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike. With Ihejirika being appointed Chief of Army Staff, Dike had to go as there was no way President Jonathan could have two Igbos as service chiefs.
Chief of Army Staff: Major-General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika
Chief of Air Staff – Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar
Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umar was born in Kano on June 20, 1955. He was educated at Victory College Cairo, Egypt in 1963 before returning to Nigeria to attend Sardauna Memorial College in Kaduna from 1969 to 1973. He also later attended Pivotal Teachers’ College Kano. He joined the air force in July 1976, after being commissioned as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s Short Service Course 12.
Prior to being appointed Chief of Air Staff, Umar was the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command (in Kaduna). He succeeds Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin as Chief of Air Staff.
Chief of Naval Staff – Rear Admiral Ola Sahad Ibrahim
Ibrahim is from Kwara State, and prior to his promotion, was the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command. He was commissioned into the navy as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 17th regular combatant course. He was also formerly the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, and Chief of Administration at Naval Headquarters. He succeeds Vice-Admiral Ishaya Iko Ibrahim.
Inspector-General of Police – Hafiz Abubakar Ringim
Prior to his appointment, Ringim was an Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 9, Umuahia. He is from Ringim town in Jigawa State, and was born on April 1, 1953. He joined the police force on July 30, 1977 and is due to retire on March 1, 2012 (it has been usual practice for presidents to extend the retirement date of serving IGPs).
He has also been the Commissioner of Police in Adamawa and Bayelsa States.