Buhari, Osinbajo decorate Farouk Yahaya with new rank as Chief of Army Staff

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN decorate the New Chief of Army Staff Major General Faruk Yahaya and President Buhari presides over a virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting at the State House, Abuja. 7th July, 2021. Photos: State House/Tolani Alli

President Mohammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have decorated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya with a new rank of Lieutenant General.

Yahaya takes over from former Chief of Army Staff, late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash along with ten military officers in Kaduna on May 21.

Yahaya, who hails from Skokto State, had served as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, a counter-insurgency operation in the north-east before his new appointment.

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The event was witnessed by members of the Federal Executive Council, security chiefs including Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of the Air, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao and Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj. Gen. Sunday Adebayo.

Others were the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba.