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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.

Major General Yahaya replaces late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash last Friday, a press statement by the acting Director Defence Information Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu has revealed on Thursday.

The statement further read: β€œPrior to his appointment Major General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter terrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East code named Operation HADIN KAI”

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