Senate Confirms Yahaya As Army Chief

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.

He was confirmed on Tuesday after the Red Chamber considered the report of its joint committee on Defence and Army led by senators Aliyu Wamakko and Ali Ndume.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had on June 2, referred the request of the President Muhammadu Buhari for Yahaya’s confirmation to the committee.

The Defence Committee, which is chaired by Wamakko, was mandated to be the lead panel to screen the newly appointed Army chief.

Mr. Yahaya was named the new army chief shortly after the death of former chief of army staff, Ibrahim Attahiru.

He had died in a plane crash with ten other military officers while on an official trip to Kaduna State last month.

Until his appointment, Yayaha was the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East.

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