- The army council approves the granting of executive commission to Master Warrant Officer Garba Abdullahi to the rank of captain
- The promotion is in recognition of his unprecedented show of bravery, courage and selfless service
- Garba Abdullahi has been decorated with the badge of his new rank of captain by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Owoicho Augustine Obochi
The Nigerian army council has approved the accelerated promotion and commissioning of Master Warrant Officer Garba Abdullahi of 159 Battalion to the rank of captain for the gallantry he has displayed on the battlefield.
Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman in a statement on Thursday, October 19, said the council on Monday October, 16, 2017, approved the granting of executive commission to Abdullahi for his unprecedented show of bravery, courage and selfless service.
According to Usman, Abdullahi's leadership qualities endeared him to his commanding officer who deemed it fit to assign him a higher responsibility as platoon commander of one of the arrow head sub-units of the battalion.
The army spokesperson said the Abdullahi performed excellently to the admiration of both his superiors and subordinates alike.
Usman said: “Under his able leadership, his platoon achieved great exploits of daring, bravery and courage for which the Battalion was reputed.
The 159 Battalion is of one the rugged and most experienced cohesive fighting unit that make up Operation LAFIYA DOLE. The Battalion covers five Local Government Areas in Yobe State and serves as the Brigade’s first line of defence in the northern front adjoining Niger Republic and Borno State.
"The Battalion primarily occupies a blocking position from where it conducts Counter Terrorist and Counter Insurgency operations to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, deny them freedom of action and assist the civil authority in maintenance of law and order and restoration of socio-economic activities within its area of responsibility.
"Since their deployment into the theatre about two years ago, the unit has contributed immensely to the decimation of Boko Haram terrorists and also involved in humanitarian activities to the host communities. The elevated Garba has played a significant role in all the successful operations achieved by the unit."
The army spokesperson stated that the commissioned soldier has been decorated with the badge of his new rank of captain by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Owoicho Augustine Obochi, to the admiration of both officers and soldiers of the unit.
Adding that the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, has congratulated the newly commissioned officer.
See photos of Garba Abdullahi been decorated with his new rank below:
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army, 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, Ondo state has vowed to find and punish those who spread rumours of an alleged planned vaccination of school children against monkeypox by soldiers.
According to Premium Times, the command said it would arrest those who spread the “wicked and fake” rumour in the state on Tuesday, October 17.
The rumour reportedly led to the disruption school activities in the town after reports went round that the army was injecting students with the monkeypox virus.
Parents immediately went to the schools and withdrew their children as panic spread from one school to the other.
NAIJ.com gathered that by Wednesday, October 18, some of the schools were yet to resume normal academic activities despite the state government’s dismissal of the vaccination rumour.
However, the army public relations officer, Ojo Adelegan, stated that the army did not carry out any medical outreach.
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