7 Div, Nigerian Army, gets new Commander


The new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, and Commander Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI, Brig.-Gen. AGL Haruna, has assumed command of the division.


The handing and taking over ceremony took place on Thursday at the Division’s Headquarters, Maimalari Military Cantonment, Maiduguri.


Haruna is taking over the command of the Division from Maj.-Gen. Peter Malla, who is now posted to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Abuja.


The outgoing GOC in his valedictory address to troops of the Division, appreciated them for their efforts, commitment and charged them to support the new GOC in his mandate of restoring peace.


He appreciated the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, for the opportunity given him to serve as the GOC, 7 Division, while expressing his gratitude for considering him for another appointment.


He also thanked the outgoing Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Gold Chibiusi, for the strategic guidance, while also appreciating the Borno Government and humanitarian organisations for their support and services.


He said: “During my tenure, we witnessed first hand unwavering commitment, sacrifice and professionalism that exemplify the highest standards of military echos of officers and men of this division and Sector 1.

“When I assumed command as the 13 GOC, I knew the responsibility entrusted to me was enormous, however, together we faced the challenges, overcame obstacles and celebrated the victories.

“We achieved notable milestones, especially the decisive phase of Operation Desert Sanity III and Lake Sanity II, among other operations.

“These key operations witnessed tremendous successes as key terrorists were neutralised, their equipment, life support as well as recovered various categories of arms and ammunition.”

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