Tuesday 9 July 2019

President Buhari Promotes Lamidi Adeosun To Lieutenant-General Same Rank As Chief Of Army Staff For His Loyalty During 2015 Presidential Election

Major General Lamidi Adeosun (Photo: Courtesy

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the promotion of the Nigerian Army Chief of Training and Operations, Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun, to the rank of a Lieutenant General, the same rank as the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai.

The Nigerian Army confirmed this promotion in a release on Tuesday.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said apart from Adeosun, the President also approved the promotion of “Brig Gen AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division to the rank of a Major General.”

Musa said, “The President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army. The officers are granted promotion for their extraordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter-insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of the country.

“The two senior officers are Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations at Army Headquarters, who has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and Brig Gen AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, promoted to the rank of a Major General. Also, promoted to the rank of Captain is Lieutenant AJ Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion Bauchi.

“Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on behalf of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army felicitated with the newly promoted officers and extends his best wishes to them in all their future endeavours.”

The leadership of the Nigerian Army in 2015, led by Kenneth Minimah, a lieutenant general, activated a last-minute plan to truncate that year’s presidential election to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from being declared the winner. 

But the plot failed after four senior officers charged with executing it deliberately failed to deliver on the task.

A two-year investigation by the premium Times newspaper revealed that after the results of 35 states and Abuja were released by INEC on March 31, 2015, indicating that then President Goodluck Jonathan was losing the election, the top hierarchy of the army made a desperate push to halt the release of the pending Borno State result.

Lamidi Adeosun, the then general officer commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army based in Maiduguri, was ordered to ensure that the result from Borno State was not declared as a prelude to a stalemate in the 2015  presidential election.

A two-year investigation, however, revealed how Mr Adeosun, a major general, and his three lieutenants that ought to work on the plot, Hamisu Hassan (brigadier general), Danladi Hassan (colonel) and Mohammed Suleiman (colonel), united to kill the game.

Read detailed investigation on how four Army officers scuttled plans to stall the 2015 presidential election by Goodluck Jonathan and his generals in the next story

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