By Augustine Ehikioya
For its outstanding performances, the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps (Queen of the Battle) has emeged as the Best Nigerian Army Corps in the year 2022.
The Infantry Corps performed excellently well at the just concluded Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Merit Awards 2022 held at Command Officers’ Mess 1 in Abuja.
A statement issued by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations
Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre, Jaji-Kaduna, Captain Akinola Ajibola, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said “The Infantry Corps and its officers were outstanding and the highest recipients of awards in various categories.”
The Commander, Infantry Corps, Major General Victor Ezugwu, the statement revealed, received the Corps Commendation Award, “which is also known as the Chief of Training Award as the Best Overall Corps of Nigerian Army having emerged first position among all the other NA Corps’ whose officers performed commendably well at the various promotion examinations that were conducted within Year 2022.
“Infantry Divisions (1, 6 and 82 Divisions) cleared the first, second and third positions respectively in Combat Readiness. While the Commandant of Amphibious Training School Calabar, Brigadier General RS Omolori received the award for the Best NA Training School in Administration Category during the Evaluation of NA Training Schools Exercise 2022 conducted by TRADOC NA.”
It also said that officers of the Corps turned out in their numbers as recipients of the various individual awards for outstanding academic excellence in different promotional examinations conducted by TRADOC in 2022.
“Some of these officers are Major AA Auwal and Major MS Mashi who emerged as first and Third position in 2022 Senior Staff College Qualifying Examination with Major B Bala, Major MS Mashi and Major HA Yussuph bagging awards for Best Overall results in Admin and Logistics, Military History and Military Law respectively in same examination.
“In Captain to Major Practical Promotion Examination, the Infantry Corps had a clean sweep as Captain AM Fasasi, Captain AO Ejembi and Captain RO Salau emerged First, Second and Third positions in order of merits.
“Captain AO Ejembi and Captain PK Yuguda emerged Overall Best in Map Reading and French Language in same Examination,” it added.
For the Lieutenant to Captain Practical Promotion Examination, the statement said, Lieutenant N Sheu and Lieutenant GS Udoh emerged as First and Second Positions in order of merits.
“Lieutenant N Sheu also bagged 2 additional awards for Best Overall in Tactics and D&M while Lieutenant LA Abdulkarim bagged best Overall in French Language.”
The statement noted that all the exploits and achievements of Infantry Officers in various promotional examinations justified the efforts and early preparatory cadre organized by the Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre for Officers and Soldiers of the Corps and other Corps at various intervals throughout Year 2022.
While congratulating all the recipients of the awards, the statement said, the Commander Infantry Corps, Major General Victor Ezugwu thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya for “providing all the resources required for the Corps to excel in administrative, logistics, infrastructural and human capacity development of Infantry officers and soldiers in the outgoing year 2022.”
General Ezugwu also promised that the Corps will continue to raise the standard next year in other to justify the confidence repose in her by the COAS.