Breaking News: Jonathan Sacks Nigeria’s Military Chiefs, Air Marshal Badeh Now CDS

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Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff

President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked Nigeria’s service chiefs and appointed new ones.

Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, made the disclosure in a message on his twitter handle @abati1990.

It read: “President Jonathan has appointed new Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs. Air Marshal Alex Badeh now CDS.

Details shortly..” he tweeted.

Mr. Abati said the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh, has been appointed the Chief of Defence Staff. He replaces Admiral Ola Ibrahim.

Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim as Chief of Defence Staff; while

Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah takes over from Lt.-General Azubike O. Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Usman O. Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu takes over from Air Marshal Badeh as Chief of Air Staff.

All the changes are with immediate effect.

There had been speculation the service chiefs would be replaced following their inability to curtail the deadly activities of the extremist Boko Haram sect.