No lesser than 40 officers in the ranks of Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals are to quit the services of the army today, following the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new chief of army staff.
Yahaya, until his appointment was Theatre Commander, Operation HADIN KAI, and replaces Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a NAF plane crash in Kaduna State along with 10 senior officers and crew members last Friday.
With the appointment of Yahaya, credible sources revealed that about 40 to 45 generals would have to resign.
The affected officers are mostly officers of 35 Regular Course, 36 Regular Course and 37 Regular Course who incidentally are Course-mates of the new army chief.
However, not all members of 37 Regular Course would be going on retirement as the new service chief has the powers to retain two of his course mates and appoint them Chief Of Policy and Plans and Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), respectively.
It was gathered that already most of the affected officers are beginning to put in their retirement letters notifying the authorities of their decision to retire voluntarily from the army.
It was also gathered that beginning today, Friday May, 28, all the affected officers would stop going to work.
It was learnt that those who do not send in their retirement letters, would be issued with a notice of retirement from service. This decision sources revealed is sequel to a memo from the minister of Defence Major General Bashir Magashi, to the deceased COAS, directing that all his course mates proceed on retirement.
It was gathered that the former chief pleaded with the minister to retain two of his course mates and appointed them COPP and commander TRADOC.
The directive has not changed, thus meaning more officers would retire with the naming of a new service chief.Follow us on social media