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BREAKING: Nigerian Army Clarifies COAS Service Record

BREAKING: Nigerian Army Clarifies COAS Service Record

Information reaching us has it that the Nigerian Army has clarified that the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya’s service record started on Sept. 22, 1990 when he was commissioned as an officer.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, who made the clarification in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the COAS, during his confirmation screening at the National Assembly, mentioned that he was bringing his 36 years of military experience to bear.

Army Clarifies COAS Service Record

According to him, Yahaya told the Senators that what he brought along “in this highly tasking office is about 36 years of military experience, having joined the Army on 27 September 1985 as a member of 37 Regular Course (Degree)”.

Yerima noted that the COAS went further to state that “since that time when he passed out on September 22nd, 1990”.

He said, for the records, the COAS had accurately captured his military experience to include the five years he spent in training as Officer Cadet in the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Army Clarifies COAS Service Record

“The record of service of an officer however counts from the day he is commissioned. This is clearly stated in the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service (Officers) 2017 Revised,” he said.

“In the case of the 22nd COAS as he stated clearly, he was commissioned on 22nd September 1990 which is reference point for his service years. This, therefore, means the message being circulated is completely inaccurate and out of context,” he said.

Army Clarifies COAS Service Record
Army Clarifies COAS Service Record

The Army spokesperson, however, urged the public to disregard claims that tended to portray that the COAS had spent 36 years in service.

According to him, the claims emanated from lack of knowledge of the military service or out of mischief which can best be explained by their authors.

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