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Facts About Major General Taoheed Abiodun Lagbaja – Chief of Army Staff



Major General T.A Lagbaja the new Chief of Army Staff was born in Ilobu, Irepodun Local Government Area, Osun State on the 28th day of February in the year 1968. He attended L. A. Teachers’ College Demonstration School, Osogbo between 1973 – 1979 from where he proceeded to St Charles Grammar School, Osogbo and completed his secondary education in 1984. Between 1984 and 1986, he was at the famous Polytechnic of Ibadan for his Advance Level (WAEC)

The Chief of Army Staff was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy on the 12th of September in 1987 as a member of 39th Regular Course and was commissioned as a 2nd Leutenant on the 19th of September 1992.

As a well trained officer of the Nigerian Army, he as attended several courses within and outside the country, namely:

a. Company Amphibious Operations Course – May to June, 1993.

b. Young Officers’ Course (Infantry) – Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji – September to December 1993.

c. Basic Airborne Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji – March to April 1995.

d. Advanced Airborne Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji – November to December 1995.

e. Amphibious Staff Operations Course – Amphibious Training School – September to December 1997.

f. Company Commanders’ Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji – February to May 2003.

g. Battalion Commanders’ Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji – September to December 2009.

h. Junior Staff Course – Armed Forces Command and Staff – May to December 2000.

i. Senior Staff Course – Armed Forces Command and Staff – August 2005 to July 2006.

j. Military Observers Course – Peacekeeping Wing Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji – February to May 2008.

k. ECOWAS Standby Force Battalion Command Post Course – Peacekeeping Centre, Bamako, Mali – June to August 2010.

l. Strategy and Leadership Course – US Army War College – April 2003 – June 2014.

Also as a Senior Army Officer, before this appointment, he has been trusted with very many responsibilities via Command/Staff/Instructional Appointments:

i. 93 Battalion, 1992 to 1995 as a Platoon commander.

ii. 72 Special Forces Battalion; 1995 to 2001 as a Platoon commander.

iii. Nigerian Defence Academy – 2001 to 2004 as an Instructor.

iv. Army Headquarters, Department of Army Training and Operations – 2004, Grade 2 Staff Officer in charge of peacekeeping.

v. Armed Forces Command and Staff College – July 2005 – February 2006 – Grade 2 Staff Officer in charge of training.

vi. Armed Forces Command and Staff College, 2006 to 2009 – Directing Staff.

vii. Headquarters 81 Division, 2009 to 2012 – Deputy Chief of Staff G1 (Administration).

viii. 72 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi, 2012 to 2015 – Commanding Officer.

ix. Headquarters 8, Task Force Division Monguno, 2016 to 2017 – Chief of Staff.

x. Army Headquarters, Department of Army Training and Operations, January to December 2018 – Acting Director of Operations.

xi. Headquarters 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Lagos State, December 2018 to April 2019 – Commander.

xii. Headquarters 2 Brigade, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State – April 2019 to January 2020 – Commander.

xiii. Army Headquarters, Department of Army Training and Operations – January 2020 to March 2021 – Director, Force Generation.

xiv. Headquarters 82 Division, March 2021 to August 2022 – General Officer Commanding.

xv. Headquarters 1 Division, August 2022 – June 2023 – General Officer Commanding.

Major General Taoheed Abiodun Lagbaja is happily married to Mrs Mariya Abiodun-Lagbaja and the marriage is blessed with two lovely and promising children.

He loves watching documentary and reading biographies.


Fulham 0-2 Chelsea: Mudryk, Broja strike to earn Blues their second league win of the season



Chelsea bagged two first-half goals to seal a crucial win over West London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage and move up to 11th on the Premier League table.

The Blues flew out of the blocks as they debuted their new Infinite Athlete kit and created the first chance of the match after only 80 seconds, but Armando Broja could not capitalise.

Chelsea looked bright with Enzo Fernandez conducting affairs, and they picked the Cottagers apart.

Mykhailo Mudryk was looking electric and dangerous. The Ukrainian winger opened the scoring on 18 as he controlled a pass from Levi Colwill before slotting the ball beyond Bernd Leno.

It was Mudryk’s first Premier League goal following his £88 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk in January. And within seconds, Chelsea had their second.

Tim Ream had a moment to forget as he gave the ball away to Cole Palmer. The young English playmaker then slipped Broja in, but Ream hit the ball off the Albanian striker as the ball trickled past Leno.

Fulham tried to find gaps behind Marc Cucurella and Axel Disasi on the right side of Chelsea’s defence, but it was not working. Chelsea controlled the game and held their two-goal going into the break.

In the second 45, Fulham came out with more attacking poise, and it helped that Mudryk went off with a knock, giving Fulham the impetus to come forward, but Chelsea’s defence stood resolute.

Vinicius and Alex Iwobi came on for Fulham and helped their side find spaces beyond Chelsea’s backline, but the Boys in Blue defended well and showed they were still dangerous.

Ian Maatsen, on for Mudryk, hit the post, and Leno had to be quick to smother Fernandez’s rebound effort. Fulham forced Chelsea to work for their lead, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked up to it.

Substitute Tom Cairney created a lovely chance for Sasa Lukic. However, Robert Sanchez stuck out a brilliant leg to save the effort and keep his side in it.

On 83, Willian tried an effort from outside the box, but it did not cause any problems for Sanchez as Chelsea ran out 2-0 victors

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Tribunal verdict: Governor rejects judgement, calls for calm



Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has rejected Monday’s judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered in Lafia.

While speaking to teeming supporters of the APC at the Government House, Lafia, Governor Sule says the judgement will be challenged at the appeal court.

He however call on the people of the state to remain calm and law abiding.

Engr. Sule promised to continue discharging his duties as the Executive Governor with more vigor.

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Man Utd winger Anthony in contention for Galatasaray UEFA champions league clash



Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Antony could feature for Manchester United against Galatasaray after rejoining his ranks at Old Trafford.

The Brazil international forward was granted indefinite leave by the Red Devils following a series of alarming allegations made against him by former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin.

Antony has been back in his homeland since then, allowing him to meet with police forces in Sao Paulo.

He returned to England last week and has held five hours of talks with Greater Manchester Police.

The 23-year-old winger maintains his innocence – having also faced accusations from two other women.

United have allowed him to focus on off-field matters of late, but revealed ahead of a Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace that Antony had been given a green light to return to training and was once again available for selection.

He has only taken in one session since then, suggesting that he will be short on match fitness, but Ten Hag says the South American is in his thoughts ahead of the Champions League group stage meeting with Galatasaray on Tuesday.

The Dutch coach has said: “Antony will be in consideration but yesterday was his first time back in team training. We have a final training, then we’ll make a decision.”

Ten Hag added when delivering an update on Lisandro Martinez – with the World Cup-winning Argentine defender still struggling with a long-standing foot injury: “I can confirm, yeah. Licha Martinez will undergo surgery and the team news is Antony can probably return.”

Antony’s last appearance for United came in the club’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on September 3.

He was removed from the Brazil squad for the last round of international fixtures and has not registered a goal for club or country since April 16.

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