A mild drama plays out at the Defence Industrial Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) when the outgoing director-general, Major General E.R. Chioba refuses to hand over to the newly appointed director-general of the corporation, Brigadier General Augustine Odidi, Leadership reports.
It was gathered that when the new DG, Brigadier General Odidi went to Kaduna, the headquarters of DICON, to take over from Major General Chioba who was appointed DG in February 2013, he was amazed that Chioba reportedly told him that he was not going to handover to him.
According to Sources, Chioba refusal to hand over to his successor is hinged on the order to put on hold all recent postings done in the Nigerian Army on the eve of the exit of the former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, other sources maintained that the outgoing DG may be afraid of handing over to Odidi who is known to be a straightforward and no-nonsense officer.
Odidi was appointed as the new DG by President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter signed by the Military Secretary, Army (MSA) Major General I.I. Abbas and was expected to resume duty on July 20, 2015.
He was born on March 4, 1961 in Kano and a native of Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government of Edo State, Odidi joined the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, as a member of the 27th Regular Combatant Course in 1980 and won the best graduating Army Cadet Silver Medal which was awarded to him by the then President Shehu Shagari. He was commissioned as second lieutenant and posted as member of the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Corps (NAEME).
Prior this appointment, Odidi who was promoted Brigadier General on 4 January 2008, was the deputy director, Production, Department of Logistics, Defence Headquarters Abuja.