By: Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria, Abuja – The Air Force Council, AFC, has approved the promotion of the Nigerian Air Force, Commodore Ibikunle Daramola and other 106 senior officers to the next ranks.
The affected senior officers according to the Acting Deputy Director For Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Wing Commander Bassey Okon comprise, 16 Air Commodores (Air Cdres) who were promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM), 31 Group Captains (Gp Capts) who were promoted to the rank of Air Cdre, 27 Wing Commanders (Wg Cdrs) promoted to the rank of Gp Capt and 33 Squadron Leaders (Sqn Ldrs) promoted to the rank of Wg Cdr.
Those promoted to the rank of AVM in the statement include: Air Cdres Abraham Adole, Tajudeen Yusuf; Ibikunle Daramola (NAF Spokesperson); Uchechi Nwagwu; Sani Rabe; Kurotimi Obidake; Nanjul Kumzhi; Kabiru Aliyu; Akanbi Salami; Kabir Umar; Barisi Keenam; Sunday Ogba; Abiola Amodu; Pam Chollom; Mfon Ekpoh and Garba Abubakar.
Among those promoted from the rank of Group Capt to Air Cdre 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.
Others promoted to the rank of Air Cdre include: David Dickson; Celestine Akubue; Tiyanu Kamla; Yayirus Lapips; Zakari Dangaji; Musa Abdullahi; Francis Ankeli; Abdullahi Madaki; Ugochukwu Ariahu; Mada Yushau; Ekongubong Akpabio; Isaiah Taiwo; Ali Tanko; Babatunde Bolarinwa; Ayodele Famuyiwa; Gbolahan Oremosu and Ikechukwu Ogbodo.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, Airmen, Airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, congratulated the newly promoted senior officers and urged them to see the elevation as motivation to re-dedicate themselves towards more effective and efficient service delivery.
The newly promoted senior officers will be decorated with their new ranks at a later date.