President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday appointed former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, as the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS.
Ibrahim replaced Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, who has retired.
The President also appointed Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba from Delta State as the new Chief of Naval Staff, while Air Vice Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh from Adamawa State is the new Chief of Air Staff to replace Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.
Before their appointments, Ezeoba was the Chief of Administration at the Defence Headquarters, while Badeh was the Air Officer Commanding, AOC, Training Command, Kaduna.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika, retained his position.
Before the announcement through a statement issued by Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, Petirin, Ihejirika, Ibrahim and Umar were summoned to a meeting by Jonathan.
At the meeting, the President thanked them for their meritorious and commendable service to the country and wished them well in their future endeavours.