The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday in Abuja released the promotion of 14 Air Vice Marshals; 26 Air Commodores; 22 Group Captains and 91 Wing Commanders.
This is contained in a statement signed by Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF.
According to the statement, those promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal are: the Chief of Aircraft Engineering, AVM Onyemaechi Osahor and the Director of Works, AVM Shehu Adamu, both of NAF headquarters.
Others include: Director Air Intelligence, NAF headquarters, AVM Mohammed Usman; Principal Air Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff, AVM Muhammad Abdul-Wahab; Commander 75 Strike Group Yola, AVM Isiaka Amao; and Commander 303 Flying Training School Kano, AVM John Baba.
Others are: Commander 81 Air Maritime Group Benin, AVM Okechukwu Ntukogu, a Directing Staff at the National Defence College and AVM Humphrey Okpala, Commander 203 Medium Airlift Group Ilorin.
Also promoted are: AVM Yekeen Ishola, Director of Information Communication Technology at the National Defence College, AVM Christian Dii, Managing Director, NAF Housing and Construction Company and AVM Sambo Usman, Commander 335 Base Services Group Kaduna.
The statement further listed AVM Auwal Muhammad, Director Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency, AVM Charles Otegbade and Commander 333 Logistics Group Kaduna, AVM Isyaka Bukar.
According to the statement, the senior officers elevated to the rank of Air Commodore include; Group Captains Emmanuel Udenyi, Aliyu Bello, Iboro Etukudo, Chiebonam Ozougwu, Abidemi Marquis, Abubakar Liman, Pius Oahimire and Kabiru Aliyu.
Others are; Ubrufih Uzezi, Nkem Aguiyi, Sule Lawal and Paul Masiyer, Captains Isah Muhammad, Kurotimi Obidake, Dalhat Ladan, Adeniyi Amesinlola, Olagoke Ogunmola, Raheem Tijani and Obainana Imafidor.
Framah Batnah, John Dibal, Mohammed Sini, Barisi Keenam, Sunday Ogba, Habib Adamu and Emma Enam were also among those elevated to Air Commodores.
The statement said that the promotions were in line with one of the key drivers of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar’s vision.
It added that the vision of the Chief of Air Staff was to promote and inculcate the core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery.
“ As an annual exercise, the purpose of promotion is to encourage officers to rededicate themselves to assigned duties as well as the development of NAF and the nation as a whole,’’ it said.