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Encyclopedia > Military of Nigeria

The Military of Nigeria has active duty personnel in three Nigerian armed services divisions totalling approximately 76,000 troops.

Nigerian troops
Nigerian troops

The Nigerian Army, the largest of the services, has about 60,000 personnel deployed in: the 1st and 2nd Mechanized Infantry Divisions (located in Kaduna and Ibadan), 3rd Armoured Division (Jos), 81st Division, Lagos (Amphibious), 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious), and the Abuja-based Guards Brigade. There are also Divisional Artillery Brigades, as well as Combat Engineer Regiments spread across the country. It has demonstrated its capability to mobilize, deploy, and sustain brigades in support of peacekeeping operations in Liberia, former Yugoslavia, Angola, Rwanda, Somalia, and Sierra Leone. The operation in Liberia (ECOMOG) is viewed as one of the best examples of gallantry by the Armed Forces. From http://www. ... From http://www. ...


The Nigerian Navy command structure consists of the Naval Headquarters based in Abuja, 2 operational commands with headquarters in Lagos and Calabar, 2 training commands with headquarters in Lagos but with training facilities spread all over Nigeria, 4 operational bases, 5 forward operational bases (with 2 more soon to come on stream), 2 dockyards located in Lagos and Port Harcourt and 2 fleets based in Lagos and Calabar.


The commander of the Nigerian Navy is Vice Admiral GTA Adekeye, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS). He is assisted by 7 principal staff officers at the Headquarters known as Branch Chiefs. The PSOs are: Rear Admiral GSA Ombo, The Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral M Ajadi, the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral G O Akpolo, the Chief of Logistics, Rear Admiral D Alabi, the Chief of Accounts and Budget, Rear Admiral SU Umosen, the Chief of Administration, Rear Admiral A Odejimi, the Chief of Naval Engineering and Rear Admiral BA Raji, the Navy Secretary.


Each of the Branch consists of Directorates. The Administration Branch, for instance, consists of Directorate of Education (headed by Cdre SEA Olamilokun) and Directorate of Medical Services (headed by Cdre K Ibe Lambert).


The commands are under the flag officers commanding. Rear Admiral II Ibrahim commands the Western Naval Command while Rear Admiral SB Adeniyi commands the Eastern Naval Command. The Naval Training Command is commanded by Rear Admiral FD Akpan while Rear Admiral Idrisu is the Flag Officer Sea Training.


The Nigerian Navy recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee in Lagos with a Change of Colour Parade and review of Fleet by the Commander in Chief, President Olusegun Obasanjo. To witness this colourful parade were the Chiefs of Naval Staff of African Navies and other friendly nations. Nigerian troops Military of Nigeria - Active duty personnel in the three Nigerian armed services is total approximately 76,000. ...

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Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Air Force (9,000) flies transport, trainer, helicopter, and fighter aircraft, but most are fully operational. Nigeria also has pursued a policy of developing domestic training and military production capabilities. Nigeria has continued a strict policy of diversification in her military procurement from various countries. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is the air force of Nigeria. ...

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In December 1983, the new Major General Muhammadu Buhari regime announced that Nigeria could no longer afford an activist anti-colonial role in Africa. That policy statement did not deter Nigeria under Generals Ibrahim Babangida in 1990 and Sani Abacha in 1997 from sending ECOMOG peacekeeping forces under the auspices of ECOWAS into Liberia and later Sierra Leone when civil wars broke out in those countries. President Olusegun Obasanjo in August 2003 committed Nigerian troops once again into Liberia to avert a humanitarian disaster as the rebel forces surged into the capital Monrovia. Just the presence of the Nigerian troops (ECOMIL) in Monrovia persuaded the rebels on the futility of further pressing their attack to forcefully take the capital city and thus bringing them into direct confrontation path with Africa's largest army. Charles Taylor was subsequently eased out of power and exiled to Nigeria. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ibrahim Babangida General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (born August 17, 1941), popularly known as IBB, was the military ruler of Nigeria from August 1985 until his departure from office under heavy popular pressure in 1993, after his annulment of elections held that year which were widely held to have been the... Sani Abacha General Sani Abacha (Kano, 20 September 1943 – Abuja, 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian politician and military leader. ... ECOMOG is a West African multilateral armed force established by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ... The Economic Community of West African States is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded on May 28, 1975 when 15 West African countries signed the Treaty of Lagos. ... Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo (born March 5, 1937) has been the President of Nigeria since 1999. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... For other persons named Charles Taylor, see Charles Taylor (disambiguation). ...


In October 2004, Nigerian troops again deployed into Darfur, Sudan to spearhead an AU force to stop the genocide in Darfur. Nigeria boasts to have contributed more than 20,000 troops/police to various UN missions since 1960. Nigerian Police and troops have served in places like UNIPOM (UN India-Pakistan Observer mission) 1965, UNFIL Lebanon 1978,UN observer Mission (Iran-Iraq ceasefire) 1988, former Yugoslavia1998, East-Timor 1998, and Democratic Republic of the Congo 2004. This article is about the Darfur region of western Sudan. ... Anthem: Let Us All Unite and Celebrate Together Capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Membership 53 member states Official languages The languages of Africa, as well as Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese Formation - As Organisation of African Unity - As AU - May 25, 1963 - July 9, 2002 Chairman of the African Union Denis... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in Latin, Југославија in Cyrillic, English: Land of the South Slavs) describes four political entities that existed one at a time on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe, during most of the 20th century. ... Motto: Honra, Pátria e Povo(Portuguese) Honour, Homeland and People Anthem: Pátria Capital (and largest city) Dili Tetum, Portuguese1 Government Republic  - President Xanana Gusmão  - Prime Minister José Ramos Horta Independence from Portugal2   - Declared November 28, 1975   - Recognized May 20, 2002  Area  - Total 14,609 km² (158th) 5...


Statistics

Military branches: Army, Navy, Air Force


Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age


Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 32,665,407 (2004 est.)


Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 18,763,229 (2004 est.)


Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 1,452,231 (2004 est.)


Military expenditures - dollar figure: $469.8 million (2003)


Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 0.9% (2003)


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