President Muhammadu Buhari has named Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new chief of army staff.
According to a statement signed and released on Thursday by military spokesperson Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, Yahaya will replace the deceased Attahiru Ibrahim with immediate effect.
Major General Yahaya is of Regular Course 37 of the Nigerian Defence Academy
He hails from Zamfara State and 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 (GOC) of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Yahaya was also the Commander of 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army.