Meet the newly appointed Service Chiefs


Maj Gen Christopher Gwabin Musa was born on Christmas day 25 Dec in ancient city in Sokoto Caliphate. He hails from Zangon Kataf Local Govt Area here in Kaduna. He was commissioned into the Infantry Corps on 21 September 1991 as a member of the high flying 38 regular Course from the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy.

General Musa is well learned as he is a graduate of numerous Civil and Military Institutions. He had his early education in Sokoto from Marafa Danbaba and Model Primary School. Vocational Training Centre in Gaummi and Federal Government College. He also attended College of Advanced Studies, Zaria. Before he proceeding to Nigerian Defence Academy where he bagged Bachelor of Science Hons in Chemistry. He posses Advanced Diploma in Security Management from University of Lagos and Masters in Military Science from the renowned International College of Defence Studies-National Defence University Beijing China.

CIC has attended various Military Courses commensurate to his rank some of which are: Mechanical Transportation Officers Course – 1992, Young Officers Course (Infantry) – 1993, Regimental Signal Officers Course – 1998, Junior Course – 2000, Senior Course in Jaji – 2004 – 2005. Advance Diploma in Defence and Strategies Course 2013 and Masters in Military Science – 2013 both from International College of Defense Studies National Defense University ICDS-BDU Beijing China. Combined Joint Land Component Commander’s Course on Leadership at the US Army War College.

Commander has held various appointments cutting across Staff, Instructional and Command. As a subaltern General CG Musa once held the appointments including Platoon Commander, Intelligence Officer, Administrative Officer, Pioneer Adjutant, Operations Officer – NIBATT 8 UNAMSIL. General Staff Officer 1 Training/Operations at HQ 81 Division, Commanding Officer 73 Bn, Assistant Director Operational Requirement at Department of Army Policy and Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff Training/Operations at HQ Infantry Corps, Chief of Staff at HQ 2 Division, Commandant Depot Nigerian Army, Pioneer Executive Director Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Ltd, Commander 82 Division Task Force Brigade OP LAST HOLD in the North East. Commander Sector 3 OP LAFIYA DOLE, Comd Sector 3 Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Tchad Region, Chief of General Duties TRADOC, Director Campaign Planning AHQ DATOPs, Director Training AHQ-DATOPs, Senior Research Fellow, Nigerian Army Research Centre, Theatre Comd JTF (NE) Op HADIN KAI and Commander Infantry Corps

He has participated in various operations including OP MESA, OP Focus Relief (Joint Training/Ops with the US Troops), United Nation Mission in Sierra Leone, OP Restore Hope, OP Last Hold, OP Lafiya Dole, Multi-National Joint Task Force Lake Tchad, OP kantana Jimlam, Joint Task Force North East Op HADIN KAI.

Officer of the Federal Republic, Grand Service Star, Passed Staff Course, General Operation Medal, Command Medal, Chief of Army Staff Commendation Award, Training Support Medal, Field Commander Medal of Honour, Masters in Military Science, Fellow Disaster Management and Safety Science among other National and International recognitions.

He is married to Mrs Lilian Oghogho Musa and the union blessed with lovely children. Commander takes pleasure in serving humanity.

The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Operation Whirl Punch Maj Gen TA Lagbaja, Distinguished Service Star, Passed Staff Course, (Dagger) Fellow United State Army War College, Command Medal, Field Command Medal, Field Command Medal of Honour and Masters in Strategic Studies.

General Lagbaja is a member of 39 Regular Course of the Prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant on 19 Sep 1992.

The very senior officer has served the Nigerian Army in several capacities and has held several appointments. Until his current appointment as General Officer Commanding 1 Division, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division. He assumed Command on 8 Aug 2022 as the 39th General Officer Commanding 1 Division.


  1. Personal Qualities.
  • Qualified Special Forces Officer (Airbrone and Amphibious).
  • Keenly interested in the welfare of subordinates.
  • Mission focused disposition with a penchant to lead from the front.
  • Dedicated family man.
  • Keen sportsman.
  • Results-oriented and prudent manager of resources.
  • Dedicated team player.
  1. Early Life.
    a. Born in Ilobu, Irepodun Local Government Area, Osun State on 28 February 1968.
    b. Attended Local Authority Teachers College Demonstration School Osogbo between 1973 – 1979.
    c. Attended St Charles Grammar School, Osogbo from 1979 – 1984.
    d. Attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan from 1984 to 1986 and obtained West African School Certificate (Advanced Level).
    e. Admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy on 12 September 1987 as a member of 39th Regular Course.
    f. Commissioned as 2Lt on 19 September 1992 into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps.
  2. Courses Attended.
    a. Company Amphibious Operations Course – Amphibious Training School (May – June 1993). – C.
    b. Young Officers’ Course (Infantry) – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji (September – December 1993). – C+
    c. Basic Airborne Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji (March – April 1995). – Not Graded
    d. Advanced Airborne Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji (November – December 1995). – Not Graded
    e. Amphibious Staff Operations Course – Amphibious Training School (September – December 1997). – C
    f. Company Commanders’ Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji (February – May 2003). – C+
    g. Battalion Commanders’ Course – Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji (September – December 2009). – B
    h. Junior Staff Course – Armed Forces Command and Staff (May – December 2000). – C+
    i. Senior Staff Course – Armed Forces Command and Staff (August 2005 – July 2006). – C+
    j. Military Observers Course – Peacekeeping Wing Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji (February – May 2008). – B
    k. ECOWAS Standby Force Battalion Command Post Course – Peacekeeping Centre, Bamako, Mali – (June – August 2010). – Not Graded
    l. Strategy and Leadership Course – US Army War College (April 2003 – June 2014). – Not Graded
  3. Command/Staff/Instructional Appointments.
    a. 93 Battalion – 1992 – 1995 as a Platoon commander.
    b. 72 Special Forces Battalion – 1995 – 2001 as a Platoon commander.
    c. Nigerian Defence Academy – 2001 – 2004 as an Instructor.
    d. Army Headquarters Department of Army Training and Operations – 2004 – Grade 2 Staff Officer in charge of peacekeeping.
    e. Armed Forces Command and Staff College – July 2005 – February 2006 – Grade 2 Staff Officer in charge of training.
    f. Armed Forces Command and Staff College – 2006 – 2009 – Directing Staff.
    g. Headquarters 81 Division – 2009 – 2012 – Deputy Chief of Staff G1 (Administration).
    h. 72 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi – 2012 – 2013 and 2014 – 2015 –Commanding Officer.
    i. Headquarters 8 Task Force Division Monguno – 2016 – 2017 – Chief of Staff.
    j. Army Headquarters Department of Army Training and Operations – January – December 2018 – Acting Director of Operations.
    k. Headquarters 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Lagos State – December 2018 – April 2019 – Commander.
    l. Headquarters 2 Brigade, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State – April 2019 – January 2020 – Commander.
    m. Army Headquarters Department of Army Training and Operations – January 2020 – March 2021 – Director Force Generation.
    n. Headquarters 82 Division – March 2021 – August 2022 – General Officer Commanding.
    o. Headquarters 1 Division – August 2022 – Date – General Officer Commanding.
  4. Promotion History.
    a. Second Lieutenant – 12 September 1987.
    b. Lieutenant – 12 September 1991.
    c. Captain – 12 September 1995.
    d. Major – 12 September 2000.
    e. Lieutenant Colonel – 12 September 2005.
    f. Colonel – 12 September 2010.
    g. Brigadier General – 12 September 2015.
    h. Major General – 12 September 2019.
  5. Honours/Awards.
    a. Forces Service Star.
    b. Meritorious Service Star.
    c. Distinguished Service Star.
    d. Passed Staff Course (+).
    e. Fellows United States Army War College.
    f. Command Medal.
    g. Field Command Medal.
    h. Field Command Medal of Honour.
    i. General Operations Medal.
    j. Operation Harmony Medal.
    k. United Nations Peacekeeping Operation Medal.
    l. Operation LAFIYA DOLE Medal.
  6. Academic Qualifications.
    a. Bsc Geography – Nigerian Defence Academy (2001).
    b. Msc Strategic Studies – US Army War College (2014).
  7. Operations Participated.
    a. Operation HARMONY IV in Bakassi Peninsula – January 1996 – June 2000.
    b. United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) – 2004 – 2005.
    c. Operation ZAKI – September 2012 – April 2013/July 2014 – December 2015 – Internal Security Operation in Benue State.
    d. Operation LAFIYA DOLE – December 2015 – January 2018.
    e. Operation MESA/Operation UDO KA – March 2021 – August 2022 – Internal Security Operation in South East Zone Nigeria (Anambra/Abia/Ebonyi/Enugu and Imo States).
    f. Operation FOREST SANITY – Aug 2022 – Date – Internal Security Operation in Kaduna/Niger States.
  8. Marital Status. Happily married to Mrs Mariya Abiodun-Lagbaja and the marriage is blessed with 2 children.
  9. Hobbies. Watching documentary and reading biographies.


The Chief of The Naval Staff Rear Admiral EI Ogalla


Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla was born on 20 December
1968 in Enugu Ezike Igbo Eze north LGA Enugu State, Nigeria. He
obtained the WASC from the NMS Zaria in June 1987 where he graduated
as the best boy in Sciences. He had A1 in all subjects except English
language. He is a member of the 39 Regular Course Nigerian Defence
Academy Kaduna graduated with a BSc in Maths and was awarded sword
of honour as the best naval cadet in his course. He was commissioned
Sub Lieutenant 16 September 1992 and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral
on16 September 2021. He completed the Sub Technical Course Nigerian
Navy Ship (NNS) QUORRA, Basic Hydrography National Hydrographic
School India in May 2000, Junior and Senior Staff Courses Armed Forces
Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji in November 2001 and July
2006 respectively. He was a participant of National Defence Course
(NDC) Course 22 and was awarded fdc (fellow defence college) in August

  1. As part of the Course, he took part in the MSc Strategic Studies
    programme, University of Ibadan from 2014 to 2015.
    The senior officer served on board many ships including NNS AMBE,
    PATHFINDER. While on board NNS EKUN he took part in the ECOMOG
    Operations in Liberia in 1996. Also as the Base operations officer in NNS
    PATHFINDER, he was responsible for coordinating anti illegal bunkering
    operations as well the entire policing duties of the base. During the period there
    was a remarkable reduction in illegal activities in the maritime area within the
    base area of operations.
    The senior officer also served as Instructor, Chief Instructor (CI) and
    Commandant (Comdt) Nigerian Navy Hydrographic School (NNHS), Staff
    Officer Grade 1 Survey and Deputy Director Instruments Nigerian Navy
    Hydrographic Office (NNHO), Assistant Director Combat Policy NHQ,
    Deputy Director Hydrography, Director Personnel Release NHQ, as well
    as Directing Staff/Director Academic Research and Analytical Skills
    (DS/DARAS) NDC and Director Audit, Naval Safety and Standards NHQ.
    He is currently the Director Lessons Learnt (DLL), NHQ. During his
    cumulative 6-year tour of duty in NNHS, he taught geodesy, datum
    conversion, tidal predictions and analysis, satellite surveying, bathymetry,
    among others. As Comdt, he linked the School with Teledyn Marines, a reputable OEM in the US, which enabled the NN to procure
    several survey equipment from the company, leading to improvements in
    practical training. He was also instrumental to the review of the School’s
    curriculum to align with International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO)
    requirements. During his tour of duty in the NNHO, the senior officer was
    instrumental to the localisation of tidal prediction and analysis. He participated
    in the Food and Agricultural Organisation sponsored Guinea Current Large
    Marine Ecosystem survey in 2004 and provided professional inputs during the
    survey and production of the NNHO charts. During his tour of duty at the NDC,
    he contributed towards the improvement of the College research package and
    also led the 2018 participants research study tour to China and South Korea. As
    DLL he was responsible for collating and analysing previous NN Operations and
    activities with the objective of drawing lessons necessary for doctrinal and
    operational improvements.
    The Senior officer is decorated with: FSS (Forces Service Star)
    MSS (Meritorious Service Star)
    DSS (Distinguished Service Star)
    GSS (Grand Service Star)
    He is a member of the Nigerian Hydrographic Society, Nigerian Institute of
    Management, the International Earth Rotation Services and also a fellow of the
    Occupational Safety and Health Association of the UK. He is married to Mrs
    Ijeoma Ogalla and the marriage is blessed with 2 children. His hobbies include
    jogging, reading, listening and researching about science and nature


Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Hassan Bala Abubakar has been appointed the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Born on 11 September 1970, AVM Hassan Abubakar hails from Shanono Local Government Area of Kano State. He enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 39 and was commissioned Pilot Officer on 19 September 1992.

AVM Abubakar has attended several courses, among which are Ab-initio and Basic Flying Training Courses at the then 301 Flying Training School, Kaduna; Basic and Advance Airborne Courses at the Nigerian Army Infantry Centre and School, Jaji; and Company Amphibious Operations Course at the Nigerian Army Infantry Centre and School, Calabar. Others include Junior and Senior Command and Staff Courses at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, and National Defence Course at the Nasser Higher Military Academy, Cairo, Egypt.
Previous appointments held by the CAS include Officer Commanding ‘B’ Squadron (Do 228), 81 Air Maritime Group NAF Benin; Team Leader MILOB Team Site 615 Mahagi (Ituri Brigade) United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC); and Aviation Planning Officer, MONUC Air Operations Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He was Commanding Officer Base Services Wing 81 Air Maritime Group Benin, and later served at different times at the 88 Military Airlift Group, Ikeja, where he held various appointments, including Operations Officer Operational Conversion Unit, Operations Officer, Commanding Officer 21 Wing, and Group Safety Officer. Furthermore, he was Fleet Operation Officer 011Presidential Air Fleet, and thereafter served as the Commanded of the Unit. His other appointments include Chief of Staff, Mobility Command, Yenagoa; Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Ikeja, as well as Director of Policy, and Director of Operations, both at the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja. Until his appointment as the 22nd CAS, he was the Chief of Standards and Evaluations, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.
AVM Abubakar has earned several awards and decoration, some of which include Distinguished Service Star (DSS), Passed Staff Course (psc), and Fellow Defence College (fdc). He is a member of the National Institute of Management, Chartered Institute of Public Management, and Nigerian Institute of Safety Professional. The Chief holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science from NDA, and Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.


Born on the 4th of September, 1964, Kayode Egbetokun was the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja before his appointment as Acting Inspector General of Police.

Kayode Egbetokun was born in Erinja, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State and he enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on the 3rd of March, 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

He had his initial training at the Nigeria Police Academy and has served for more than 26 years in the Police Force.

The DIG has a Bachelor of Science degree (BSC) in Mathematics from the University of Lagos. Prior to joining the Police Force, he had also lectured Mathematics briefly at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

His other academic qualifications include Ph.D from the Center for Peace and Security Studies, Al-hikmah University, Ilorin and thereby making history as the first Ph.D. candidate to graduate from the Center. MSC Engineering Analysis, also from the University of Lagos, Akoka, 1996, PGD in Petroleum Economics from Delta State University, Abraka, 2000, and an MBA from Lagos State University, Ojo, 2004.

Egbetokun believes in strong Police institution, as an indispensable tool for safety and sustainable economic growth in the country. A dedicated Police officer and a leader.


  • Born on 4th September, 1964 and hails from Egbado South LGA of Ogun State
  • enlisted into the Nigeria Police force as a Cadet ASP (Course 16) on March 3, 1990.
    He possesses the following:
    Bsc ( ED ) ( Hons ) Mathematics – University of Lagos
    Msc Engineering Analysis – University of Lagos
    Certification in electronic data processing and computer programming, all from University of Lagos
    Masters in Business Administration from the Lagos State University
    PGD Petroleum Economic from Delta State University
    PhD Peace and Security Studies from Al-hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State
    Close Protection Course in United Kingdom
    Squadron Commander , Combat Ops Course at PMF Training College (Desert Camp Gwoza and Forest Camp lla)
    Advanced Detective Course, Police Staff College, Jos
    Intermediate Command Course, Police Staff College Jos
    Strategic Leadership Course, Police Staff College Jos
    He attended the Global Conference on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats held in Lyon France in 2018
    He is a Member Society for Peace and Security Practice and a Scholar in Peace and Security Studies.
    Chief Security Officer to Governor of Lagos State from 1999-2005
    Commander RRS Lagos State Command 2005-2007
    O/C Anti – Fraud , FCT Command Abuja
    CSP Admin, Lagos State Command
    Area Commander Osogbo – Osun State
    Area Commander Gusau – Zamfara State
    Commandant Police Training School ( PTS ) Ikeja Lagos State
    Deputy Commandant Police College Ikeja Lagos State
    Commissioner of Police Servicom Force Headquarters Abuja
    Commissioner of Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal ( EOD ) FHQ
    Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command
    Commissioner of Police Admin Medical Faloma Lagos State
    AIG Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja
    DIG Force Criminal Investigations Department, FHQ, Abuja
    CURRENT POSTING – Ag. Inspector-General of Police
    He loves reading , plays Table Tennis and recreational football
    He follows Chelsea in English Premier League and European Champions League
    MARITAL STATUS: Happily married with Children