Nigerian Air Force promotes 50 senior officers (FULL LIST)

Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar Sadique
Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar Sadique

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Council has announced the promotion of its spokesperson and 49 senior officers to higher ranks.

According to a statement issued on Monday by Bassey Okon, a wing commander of the Directorate of Public Relations & Information, the promotion exercise was conducted to motivate Air Force personnel towards serving the nation diligently.

“The Air Council has today, November 20, 2017, approved the promotion of 50 senior officers, comprising 22 air commodores and 28 group captains, to the next higher ranks in the Nigerian Air Force, NAF”, the statement reads.

The statement noted that the promotions are in line with one of the key drivers of the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an air marshal, which is to promote and inculcate the core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery among NAF personnel.
“As an annual exercise, the NAF undertakes promotion exercise to motivate officers and men towards rededicating themselves to assigned duties and service to the nation”.

“It is noteworthy that the exemplary and selfless sacrifice of late Air Commodore Adanu Ochai was recognized and rewarded by the CAS through his posthumous promotion”, NAF said

Those elevated to the rank of Air Vice Marshal include the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Olatokunbo Adesanya; Principal Director, Air Force Research and Development Center, Kaduna, Paul Jemitola; Senior Air Staff Officer, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Charles Ohwo; Director of Procurement, HQ NAF, Mohammed Yakubu; Commander 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot, Lagos, Emmanuel Wonah; Director of Civil Military Relations, HQ NAF, Ubrufih Uzezi, Director of Air Engineering, HQ NAF, Hyacinth Eze; Commander 455 Base Services Group, Kano, Abubakar Liman; Air Component Commander, OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Idi Lubo; Commander 151 Base Services Group, Makurdi, Samuel Babalola; Director of Administration, HQ NAF, Nelson Calmday, Director of Material and Systems Management, Frank Oparah.

Others include Musa Tanko, Managing Director NAF Properties Limited; Haruna Mohammed, Commandant NAF Institute of Safety, Ipetu Ijesha; Olusegun Philip, Director of Manuals, HQ NAF; Aliyu Pani, Commander 051 Personnel Management Group, Lagos; Chinwendu Onyike, Command Logistics Officer, Tactical AIT Command, Makurdi; Suleiman Mohammed, Commander 109 Combat and Rescue Group, Makurdi; Dahiru Sanda, Deputy Director Policy, Defence Headquarters, Abuja; John Ochomma, Commander 081 Pay and Accounting Group Ikeja; Idi Amin, 351 Base Services Group, Minna; and Mahmud Madi, Commander 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt.

The senior officers promoted from Group Captain to Air Commodore include Abubakar Abdullahi, Abraham Adole, Adebayo Kahinde, Michael Onyebashi, Uchechi Nwagwu, Ebimobo Ebiowe, Nnaemeka Ilo, Patrick Philips, Amos Bulus, Ahmed Bakari, Anthony Ndace, Halim Adebowale, Hassan Alhaji, Alfred Shogbanmu, Idi Sani, Usman Abdullahi, Kabir Umar, Olufemi Ogunsina, Mohammed Suleiman, David Aluku, Raymond Nwankwo, Lawal Danzangi, Razaq Shittu, Babatunde Ajayi, Samuel Chinda, Paul Irumheson, and Friday Ogohim. Adanu Ochai was promoted posthumously.

Mr. Ochai, a group captain, died on Thursday, August 24, 2017, when a NAF aircraft he was flying crashed in Kaduna.


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  • Timothy

    Congrats to those recently promoted. May they serve their country with an unending patriotism.

  • dan arewa

    Congratulations Anthony Victor Ndace.If you are reading this from Ibrahim Abdullahi.

  • thusspokez

    No air-force personnel should be promoted to senior post if he or she is obese or carrying ‘food-baby’. They should all undergo a set of rigorous physical and cognitive tests.

  • Message66

    50 senior level officers but less than 20 combat capable jets and no multirole fighters, and throwing all manner of helicopters into the fleet without a thought to logistics and maintenance. Joke of an airforce.

    • Maduka Okoro

      Message66, when people in different fields performs to the satisfaction of there employers they get reward that is promotion. This set of officers has performed satisfactorily in the eyes of their employers and now promoted. Its a very bad and wicked mind that will oppose their promotions. The Air force did not do wrong in announcing there promotion because if it were done secretly without announcement to the public, people like you will be the first to say it was tribalism. So shut your mouth because I believe you’ve ones gotten promotion in life and no one made any comments.

      • Message66

        It is people like you that will not see the mediocrity in this. I wont fall to your level to pour insults. But where in the world in any reasonable country with an Airforce of note is the number of senior officers more than their inventory of actual combat ready assets? Please tell me.

        • Maduka Okoro

          Go and join the Nigerian Air Force to correct the wrong if by your thinking the promotion was an error than commenting on messenger paper report.

          • Message66

            You know the thing about your ridiculous contribution is that I didn’t made any negative remark concerning the promotions but on the faulty structure and composition of the Nigerian Air Force in general. So your argument is utterly useless and hopeless. Again tell me in which air force in the world is the number of senior officers more than the number of active combat aircraft?

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    hmmmm …. new amosuns and badehs that will rob us silly ………… not impressed ……………..