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North gets first female equivalent of an army general in Nigerian navy as PMB extends Service Chiefs’ tenure


For the first time, the Nigerian Navy on Monday, December 18, decorated Navy Captain Jamila Abubakar Sadiq Malafa with the rank of commodore, which is equivalent to brigadier-general in the Nigerian army. With the rank, she becomes the very first female of the north to become a one-star general. Another first as she is also the first lawyer from her village.
The Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP) at the navy headquarters in Abuja, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, called the development a thing of pride. According to him, only a few women have achieved such height. Babalola said Malafa’s resume showed that she had been exposed to a lot of courses and training during her career. He said her elevation should inspire women in the armed forces since there is no limit to what they can achieve.
Commenting, Malafa confirmed being the first female of northern extraction to be promoted to the rank in the navy adding that she is inspired to be more loyal and dedicated in her duties.
Born in 1965 in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Commodore Jamila Malafa joined the Nigerian Navy in 1988 and was commissioned as midshipman in 1990.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the tenure of service chiefs in the country after reportedly considering the state of Nigeria’s security. This was confirmed by Colonel Tukur Gusau, the public relations officer to the defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, in a statement on Monday, December 18.
The statement said all the service chiefs including General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS); Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) had their stay in office extended by the president.

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