Nigeria’s New Service Chiefs (September 2010)

The new service chiefs are:

Chief of Defence Staff: Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin

Chief of Army Staff: Major-General Azubuike Ihejirika

Chief of Air Staff: Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umar

Chief of Naval Staff: Vice-Admiral Ola Sahad Ibrahim

Inspector-General of Police: Hafiz Abubakar Ringim

Director-General of the State Security Service: Mr. Ita Ekpenyong

Chief of Defence Staff – Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin

Petinrin is the only one of the former service chiefs to survive. He was the Chief of Air Staff and replaces Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike. With Ihejirika being appointed Chief of Army Staff, Dike had to go as there was no way President Jonathan could have two Igbos as service chiefs.

Chief of Army Staff: Major-General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika

You can read his profile here:

Chief of Air Staff – Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar

Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umar was born in Kano on June 20, 1955. He was educated at Victory College Cairo, Egypt in 1963 before returning to Nigeria to attend Sardauna Memorial College in Kaduna from 1969 to 1973. He also later attended Pivotal Teachers’ College Kano. He joined the air force in July 1976, after being commissioned as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s Short Service Course 12.

Prior to being appointed Chief of Air Staff, Umar was the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command (in Kaduna). He succeeds Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin as Chief of Air Staff.

Chief of Naval Staff – Rear Admiral Ola Sahad Ibrahim

Ibrahim is from Kwara State, and prior to his promotion, was the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command. He was commissioned into the navy as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 17th regular combatant course. He was also formerly the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, and Chief of Administration at Naval Headquarters. He succeeds Vice-Admiral Ishaya Iko Ibrahim.

Inspector-General of Police – Hafiz Abubakar Ringim

Prior to his appointment, Ringim was an Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 9, Umuahia. He is from Ringim town in Jigawa State, and was born on April 1, 1953. He joined the police force on July 30, 1977 and is due to retire on March 1, 2012 (it has been usual practice for presidents to extend the retirement date of serving IGPs).

He has also been the Commissioner of Police in Adamawa and Bayelsa States.


37 responses

  1. Congratulations Sir
    You did well when u were in Zone 9 Umuahia. God is with u and we are praying for you

  2. i hope president goodluck did not only do it,for his own selfish interest.

  3. ogbonnaya christian | Reply

    my name is okorie eze, i applied for the Nigerian navy batch 19 and they conducted the appropriate tests on us and i was among the successful candidate and we were told them at the recruitment center to go home and wait for our names to be published on newspaper and on the internet, since July up till now we have not heard any thing and i now went on net to search for last years own result and their result came out on September 5 2009 and i supposed that ours should not be longer than a week later but today is September 20 and nothing is done, please help us to call on the Nigeria Navy to tell us what is happening because i am already fed up, please do something for us.

  4. Nwaoshai Afam Cyril | Reply

    Please when is the next Navy recruitment form going 2 be out?pls keep me update tru my email .thanks.

  5. Congrats to you all. May God give you people the wisdom & knowledge to pilot the affairs of this great nation in good faith. The fact is that we nigerian’s are always in a hurry over things, you also have it @ the back of your minds that all eye’s are on you. Thanks & God bless.

  6. Udoudo Akaninyene | Reply

    I wish all Nigerians a happy xmas in advance and a special greeting to Mr Osita Benjamin Chidoka(FRSC) I participated in the recent pft and the conduct was awesome, all this is because of your good administeration especially in Akwa Ibom.I am not saying this to blow your ego but the truth keep on ADO OK

  7. George Peter Maikudi | Reply

    Please when is the Nigerian Costom application form is goin to be on sale? Pls get me inform on my email @ or text me on 08065747601 thanks

  8. Congrats to u all, especially the armed forces new chiefs, i admire u all & i wish to be like u (CNS/CDS) some-day.

  9. There’s one popular kidnaper in Ibusa Delta State his name is Jude Okolie popularly known as Adim okolie in ObodoAkpu Omueze his hide out is at Umuneze Asama Street in Ibusa Delta every one is afraid of him please look into him.
    Ngozi Okonwko

  10. Goodday sir, i want to know when 2011 naval forms ll be out for sale and how do i get it. regards, Tanx.

  11. I want to sincerely appriciate God for your lives I mean all of you that just appointed Nigeria’s New Service Chiefs and to congratulate you all. But I want to tell you people that those Army Officers that were retired unjustly that majority of them are innocent of what befell on them. I believe with this new appointment and with the fear of God in all of you, something can still be done to see to their re-instatement back to Nigeria Army to once again put smiles in thier families faces. This appointment given to all of you is not by accident, it is a divine arrangement from God to honour all of you. A copy of this message has been sent to the Honourable Minister of Defense for his intervention on behalf of the Officers. As you think of them and the challenges their families are facing, God will continue to shower His undiluted favour upon you all. I am not saying you should recall all of them but take your time to scrutinize their plea and re-instate them that needs to be restored back to their duty post. As you do so, God will bless your home in Jesus name (AMEN)

  12. why is difficult for nigeria police to release the promotion of supos.nigeria police should as a matter of urgency address the issue of quota is makin some officers to stay many years in one rank which is not too encouraging

  13. Aitokheehi Christopher | Reply

    May God give us the power to take Nigeria to the next level. I love the Nigeria Air force & i love the uniform & may God give me the grace to be in the Nigeria Air force some day.

  14. Austin ogwuche | Reply

    I m admire of d airforce since i ws a child,pls notify me when d zonal recruitment exam s comin up n d quanlify candidate list. Thanks austine, lagos


  16. Ibrahim Christopher | Reply

    Pls sir, i just want 2 apeal onbehalf of we dat do nt hav godfathers dat let justice b done 2 us, we deserve eqaul rights lyk anybody else. Thanks. God is our strenght.

  17. i am appealing to the CDS,COAS an others that any soldiers that have either diploma or Nce should undergo some induction in there various DIV an be commission if the spend not less than ten yrs in svc

  18. I love the nigerian army so much and i determine to joint the army but the issue is that nepotism and tribalism discriminal has become the order of the day, ples with due respect and honour iam appealing to this new serving chief that, the should pls do something about it.

  19. I love the nigerian army so much and i determine to joint the army but the issue is that nepotism and tribalism discriminal has become the order of the day, ples with due respect and honour iam appealing to this new serving chief that, the should pls do something about it.

  20. Owolabi azeez oladayo M5223 | Reply

    I was arbitrary dismissed by capt elujoba in d yr 2009 without doing anything contrary 2 d service rules pls all good nigerian come 2 my aid i want 2 get back 2 service bcos love serving my country.GREAT NIGERIA!!!GOD bless 9ja.08035649487

  21. Adaugo Akabuiro | Reply

    I appreciate the good will and services of the Air chief,God bless you and Bless nigeria.

  22. Adaugo Akabuiro | Reply

    Keep your Goodwill Sir your are God sent,Air Chief

  23. Emma r. Mathias | Reply

    Gooeven sir. I’am emmanuel r. Mathias from benue state. Sir i applied for 2012 ng airforce. Sir next year ll be the 5th time that i’m trying ng airforce. Pls sir help me. E-mail Gsm no.08038862543. Reference no:761991439. Obadibo local govt of benue state of ng. I will be very grateful if i see my self in ng airforce uniform. Sir i tell you. i alway wish to serve my contry ng. Sir pls help me. Thank’s. Emmanuel r. mathias!.,,

  24. please notify me when the shortlisted recruitment list is out through my email.thanks

  25. hello sir.gud evening name is o/s yahaya a.we are the last batch that pass out.we thank you for all what you did to us.may god bless you shall rise to conquire yuor enemies.ameen.

  26. hello sir.hw are you and hw is your work hope everything is name is o/s yahaya a.please sir i am 20 years old.please sir i want you to help me i want to apply for nda.dont have god father want you to help me.need your assistance.

  27. hello are you and how is your offices,hope you are all fine.the poupose of writing you this letter is just to great you officer’s for the great you have been doing in this country.may god almaighty lift you above your enemies,you shall rise to conquier your enemies.may god bless you all.ameen

  28. why is it hard to join the force in nigeria

  29. i want 2 congr8t this high men may god almight always b wit u all. Pls do something about this God father of a tin in nigeria of joining d force

  30. sir may god will be with u. i also blive that u will do well.congratulation sir.

    1. Ekuson Debango | Reply

      In light of new development and appointment of service chiefs,I think it would be a service to your readers to update this topic. Fresh hands have emerged to shepherd the affairs of the service branches and the time to follow these fellows as they settle in is right now.

      1. Steady on. Give me a bit of time! Not possible for me to give updates in real time.

  31. May god gives u the effort for doing justice

  32. We thank God because the changes came at the right time, especially for the Air force. most importantly, the operation in the Air force is suffering as a result of no serviceable air crafts in the air force.Which has rendered Air force impotent and Nigeria handicap in general . Meanwhile the just past chief does not show much concern about the operation which is suppose to be the primary objective of the Air force.God in his infinite mercies will give the present chief in person of Air marshal A. O. Badeh, wisdom and knowledge to pilot the affairs of NAF to a greater height.

    1. Ekuson Debango | Reply

      @Olurotimi: You seem to speak very authoritatively on the condition of the Nigerian Airforce. One only wonders weather you are a currently serving member of the force. Baring this I can’t discern how else one could be in the know.

  33. Is it true that in military it z only those dat enter through short service course in the NDA grows 2 d highest ranks in d army like brigadier,lieutenant,major-general etc.I want 2 join nigerian army or customs.Pls tell me when d form will be out?.Pls text me.08136028808.

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