President Muhammad Buhari has appointed Farouk Yahaya, a major general, as the new chief of army staff.

Touchaheart blog reports that this was contained in a statement by the acting Director of Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu.

Mr Yahaya replaces Ibrahim Attahiru, a lieutenant general, who died in an air crash alongside 10 other officers and men of the army, last week.

Until his appointment, the new army chief was the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, the counter insurgency operation in the North-east.

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