The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of Brig.Gen Faruk Yahaya as the 35th Commander of the 4th Brigade Command, Benin, Edo State.
He replaces Brig. Gen. Olajide Laleye, who has been redeployed to the headquarters Infantry Corps and Centre Jaji as Chief of Staff.
Laleye was the Director of Army Public Relations until January, 2015, when he was deployed to the command.
According a statement signed by the spokesperson for the 4th Brigade Command, Capt. Jonah Unuakhalu, Brig. Gen. Yahaya’s posting followed the general redeployment of officers to fill the gaps created by the exit of some senior officers who had applied for voluntary retirement from service.
It said that the new commander assumed office after the handing and taking over procedures at the 4th Brigade headquarters in Benin.
According to the statement, Yahaya is an experienced infantry officer, who was, until his appointment, the Principal, General Staff Officer at the Ministry of Defence.
“He (Yahaya) is a seasoned officer, who rose to the rank of Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army After completing all statutory courses and examinations. He participated in several operations in and outside the country and served in various units and formations in the Nigerian Army,” the statement read.