President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed an acting Chief of Army Staff to succeed the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash last week Friday.

The new Chief of Army Staff is Major General Farouk Yahaya.

A statement by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the appointment on Thursday in Abuja.

Yahaya was until his appointment the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and present Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism against Insurgency in the North-East.