Defence Headquarters sacks top commanders over Jaji bombings

The bombing of the Jaji Military Cantonment surprised many residents of Kaduna, who are accustomed to the military’s heavy security structure at the facility.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Adm. Ola Ibrahim, has ordered the redeployment of AVM  Ibrahim Kure, the Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.

Also to be redeployed is Maj.-Gen. M.D. Isa, the Corps Commandant Army Infantry Corps, Jaji.

This order is contained in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by Col. Mohammed Yerima, the Director, Defence Information.

It said that the deployment followed the report of the Board of Inquiry raised by the Defence Headquarters to unravel the circumstances that led to the bomb explosion which rocked St. Andrew’s Protestant Church at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State last week.

According to the statement, AVM E.E. Osim is to replace AVM I.A. Kure as Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), while Maj. Gen. K.C. Osuji will act as Corps Commander, Infantry, Jaji.

It said that Messrs Kure and Isa would be redeployed by their respective services.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Ola Ibrahim, had after the incident spoken of his “shock” at last Sunday’s embarrassing suicide assault that breached a fortified military centre in Jaji to kill more than a dozen people.

Mr. Ibrahim said the success of the brazen attack at the highly rated training facility was surprising.

The military boss spoke on Tuesday during a visit to the scene where at least 15 people, many of them church worshippers, were killed in twin bomb attacks after service Sunday at the Jaji military training centre.

The Jaji bombings, followed by another attack on a major police base in Abuja on Monday, humiliated the nation’s security forces amidst a celebrated claim of vital wins the forces posted over insurgent group, Boko Haram. The Joint Task Force placed bounties on the group’s leaders last week.

Two cars targeted St. Andrews Protestant Church at the Jaji Military Cantonment, detonating explosives one after the other in an attack that left more than 30 others wounded, according to the military.

The Jaji bombings surprised many residents of Kaduna, who are accustomed to the military’s heavy security structure at the facility.

“It is not easy to enter Jaji just like that whether it is Sunday or not, you have to have an ID that shows you either live there or you have clearance to enter,” a resident told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Ibrahim immediately ordered investigation into the incident.

“That will determine the next line of action by the Defence Headquarters in the next few days,” he told journalists at the time.

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