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Ten Things To Know About New COAS, Major General Farouk Yahaya

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.

Yahaya replaces the late General Ibrahim Attahiru who recently died in a fatal plane crash en-route Kaduna State along with other senior officers and crew members.

Here are few things to know about him:

  • Major General Farouk Yahaya is of Regular Course 37 of the Nigerian Defence Academy
  • He hails from Zamfara State.
  • Until his appointment, he was the Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai, formerly known as Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast.
  • Yahaya took over from Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, who was redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Research Fellow.
  • He was also formerly General Officer Commanding Officer of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.
  • Yahaya was also the Commander of 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army.
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