The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.

The Red Chamber took the decision on Tuesday after the consideration of the report of its joint committee on Defence and Army led by senators Aliyu Wamakko and Ali Ndume.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had on June 2, referred the request of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for Yahaya’s confirmation to the committee.

The Defence Committee, which is chaired by Wamakko, was mandated to be the lead panel to screen the newly appointed Army chief.

NEWSMEN reports that Yahaya replaced Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash with ten other military officers while on an official trip to Kaduna State last month.

Until his appointment, Yayaha was the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East.

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