Army confirms Usman as spokesman

The Nigerian Army has confirmed Sani Kukasheka Usman as substantive
Director of the Nigerian Army Directorate of Public Relations.
The confirmation of Usman, a

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brigadier-general, was announced via the
WhatsApp handle operated by the directorate. Appointed acting
spokesperson on January 30, 2015, the senior officer functioned in that
capacity for about two years. At the time of his appointment, he was a
colonel. He was promoted brigadier-general on December 9, 2016.
It remains unclear whether his confirmation was a result of his new
rank. But Colonels have held that position on substantive basis in the
past.

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Sani succeeded then Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who was redeployed
Brigade Commander of 4th Army Brigade, Benin, Edo State.
Before his appointment as acting director, Sani was deputy director,
Army Public Relations, based at the Army’s 7th Division in Maiduguri,
Borno State, the epicentre of the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.
The officer was commissioned as Lieutenant into the Directorate of Army
Public Relations (DAPR) in 1992, and has remained in the unit ever
since.
According to information on his Facebook Page, Usman attended Government
Secondary School, Kafanchan between 1977 and 1982. He studied for a
Bachelors degree in Mass Communication at Bayero University, Kano,
between 1987 and 1991.
Between 2010 and 2011, the officer was at the University of Peace, Costa
Rica, for a masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies.

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