Following their appointment by President Bola Tinubu, here are all you need to know about the new service chiefs.
Profile Of Chief Of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen Christopher Gwabin Musa:
Christopher Gwabin Musa was born in Sokoto on December 25, 1967. He originally hails from Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He is a member of the 38 Infantry course, admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1986 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Corps in September 1991.
He holds an Advanced Diploma in Security Management from University of Lagos, Advance Diploma in Defence and Strategic Course (China) – International College of Defence Studies -National Defense University (ICDS-NDU) – Changing – China, amongst others.
Major-General Musa has attended all statutory Military Courses and Trainings both in Nigeria and outside Nigeria
On previous positions held, he was at one time Commander, General Staff Officer 1 Training/Operations at HQ 81 Division, Commanding Officer 73 Battalion, Assistant Director Operational Requirements at Department of Army Policy and Plans, Infantry Representative/Member Training Team at HQ Nigerian Army Armour Corps, Commandant of the Nigerian Army Depot, Managing Director of the Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited (NAFARL).
Also, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff Training/Operations at HQ Infantry Centre and Corps, Commander Sector 3 OP LAFIYA DOLE, Commander Sector 3 Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Region, and other positions too numerous to mention.
He took over as the Theatre Commander Of Operation HADIN KAI in 2021 (after the elevation of the former Commander, Faruk Yahaya as COAS), a position he held until January 2023 when he was transferred to head the Infantry Corps in Kaduna.
Profile Of Maj-Gen Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja, Chief Of Army Staff:
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). – CDecember 20, 1968, in Umuopu Enugu Ezike, Igbo Eze North LGA of 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 RC NDA, graduated with a BSc in Maths and was awarded sword of honour as the best naval cadet in his course. He was commissioned S Lt on Sep 16, 1992 and rose to the rank of R Adm wef Sep 16, 2021. He completed the STC NNS QUORRA, Basic Hydrography National Hydrographic School India in May 2000, Junior and Senior Staff Courses AFCSC Jaji in Nov 01 and Jul 06 respectively.
Relations Officer, 97 Special Operations Group NAF Port Harcourt.
Officer Commanding Yellow Squadron – Air Force Military School Jos.
Admin Officer Primary Flying Training Wing – 301 FTS NAF Kaduna.
SO1 Admin 301 FTS NAF Kaduna.
Officer Commanding ‘B’ Squadron (Do 228) – 81 Air Maritime Group NAF Benin.
Team Leader MILOB Team Site 615 Mahagi (Ituri Brigade) MONUC.
Aviation Planning Officer, MONUC Air Operations Kinshasa, DRC.
Commanding Officer Base Services Wing 81 Air Maritime Group Nigerian Air force Benin.
Operations Officer Operational Conversion Unit 88 Military Airlift group Nigerian air Force Lagos.
Operations Officer 88 Military Airlift Group Ikeja Lagos. Commanding Officer 21 Wing 88 Military Airlift Group Lagos.
Group Safety Officer 88 Military Airlift Group Ikeja Lagos.
Fleet operation officer – 011Presidential Air Fleet.
Commander 011 Presidential Air Fleet.
Chief of Staff, Mobility Command.
Director of Policy, HQ NAF and lastly
Director of Operations, HQ NAF
Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command.
Currently the Chief of Standards and Operations, HQ NAF.
The senior officer has earned several awards and decorations, some of these include:
Distinguished Service Star.
Passed Staff Course (psc)
Fellow Defence College
Masters in International Affairs.
Member National Institute of Management.
Member Chartered Institute of Public Management.
Member Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in June 1987 and Master of Arts in Communication Science in November 2013 from the Universitaire Svizzera D’Italiana (USI) – Lugano—Switzerland.
3. He was Commandant of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada, Abuja.
4. He was the longest serving National Public Relations Officer of Customs from June 2003 to May 2011.
5. He won the Comptroller-General of Customs Award for seizure of $8,065,612 million cash at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, January 2020.
6. He is currently Vice President of the Governing Council of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR).
7. He was Conferred with the National Honour of Member of the Order of Federal Republic (MFR) by former President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2022.
Before his appointment as acting Comptroller, Adeniyi was a Deputy Comptroller General of Customs.
Profile Of DIG Egbetokun Olukayode Adeolu, Acting Inspector General Of Police:
Born on Sept. 4, 1964 in Erinja, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, Egbetokun Olukayode Adeolu enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on March 3, 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
In 1999, he was appointed Chief Security Officer to Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.
He served as the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos, Squadron Commander, Mopol 5, Benin, Benin City, Officer-in-Charge, Anti-Fraud Unit, FCT Command, Abuja; Chief Superintendent of Police, Administration, Lagos State Command Head Quarters, Ikeja; Area Commander, Osogbo, Osun State Command; and Area Commander, Gusau, Zamfara State Command, amongst others.
A June 1987 graduate of Mathematics from University of Lagos (UNILAG), Egbetokun lectured Mathematics briefly at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, before his enlistment into the police.
His other academic qualifications include MSC Engineering Analysis (UNILAG), also from the University of Lagos, Akoka, 1996; Post-Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Delta State University, Abraka, 2000; and an MBA from Lagos State University, Ojo, 2004.
He also holds Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Delta State University, Abraka, and MBA from Lagos State University, Ojo.
He was promoted Commissioner of Police on 29/09/2020 and was deployed to Kwara State, Assistant Inspector General of Police in September 2022, deployed to Zone 7 (Abuja) and Deputy Inspector General of Police on March 29, 2023 & deployed to the FCID.