The Air Force Council (AFC) has approved the promotion of 107 senior officers to the next higher ranks in the Air Force (NAF), a statement from Wing Cdr. Bassey Okon, Acting Deputy Director of the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, said Friday in Abuja.
According to Okon, the affected senior officers comprise 16 Air Commodores (Air Cdres) who were promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM), 31 Group Captains who were promoted to the rank of Air Commodores.
Additionally, 27 Wing Commanders were promoted to the rank of Group Captain and 33 Squad Leaders were promoted to the rank of Wing Commanders.
Those promoted to the rank of AVM include: Air Commodore Abraham Adole, Tajudeen Yusuf, Ibikunle Daramola, Uchechi Nwagwu, Sani Rabe, Kurotimi Obidake, Nanjul Kumzhi, Kabiru Aliyu, Akanbi Salami, and Kabir Umar.
Others are: Barisi Keenam, Sunday Ogba, Abiola Amodu, Pam Chollom, Mfon Ekpoh and Garba Abubakar.
Among those promoted from the rank of Group Captain to Air Commodore are: Garba Jibia, Adebayo Bamidele, Christopher Akpa, Ekele Odekina, Emmanuel Iduh, Sylvester Eyoma, Sampson Eyekosi, Osichinaka Ubadike, Patrick Edem, Garuba Bello, Mukhtar Umar, Olujames Salami , Nosiru Folaji and Emmanuel Ukpong.
Those promoted to the rank of Air Commodore include: David Dickson, Celestine Akubue, Tiyanu Kamla, Yayirus Lapips, Zakari Dangaji, Musa Abdullahi, Francis Ankeli, Abdullahi Madaki, Ugochukwu Ariahu, Mada Yushau, Ekongubong Akpabio, Isaiah Taiwounde Tanko, Bababio. Bolarinwa, Ayodele Famuyiwa, Gbolahan Oremosu, and Ikechukwu Ogbodo.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of NAF officers, airmen, aviators and civilian personnel, cordially congratulates them, the statement said, stressing, however, that he should view your elevation as motivation to return -Dedicate yourself to more effective and efficient service delivery.
Newly promoted senior officers are expected to be decorated with their new ranks on a date to be announced.