PHOTOS: Meet the new service chiefs

President Bola Tinubu, Monday, approved the immediate retirement of all Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Advisers, Comptroller-General of Customs from Service as well as their replacements with immediate effect.

Here are the things to note about the newly appointed service chiefs:

Maj. Gen. C.G Musa Chief of Defence Staff

Maj-Gen. Christopher Gwabin Musa was born in Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria on December 25, 1967.

Musa attained primary and secondary education in the caliphate state although he is originally from Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The member of 38 regular course was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State in 1986 where he underwent intense and rigorous military training for five years during a time the Nigerian military held political power in the country.

In September 1991 he was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a second lieutenant in the Infantry Corps, one of the most difficult sections of the army.

Maj. T. A Lagbaja Chief of Army Staff

He was 39th General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna on Monday.

Lagbaja also served as Chief of Operation (DAOP), Army Headquarters, Abuja.



Air Vice Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar was born on 11 September 1970.
He hails from Shanono Local Government Area of Kano State.
He enlisted into the NAF as a member of NDA RC 39 and commissioned Pilot Offr on 19 Sep 92.
Abubakar bagged a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Nigerian Defence, Academy Kaduna.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from ABU, Zaria.
He was Admin Officer 16 Engineering Wing, 1 Engineering Group NAF Makurdi.


Rear Admiral Emmanuel Okechukwu Ogalla NN/1725 (NEW CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF)


Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla was born on 20 Dec 68 in Enugu Ezike Igbo Eze north LGA Enugu State, Nigeria.

He obtained the WASC from the NMS Zaria in Jun 87 where he graduated as the best boy in Sciences.

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 16 Sep 92 and rose to the rank of R Adm wef 16 Sep 21. 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. He was a participant of NDC Course 22 and was awarded fdc in Aug 14.

As part of the Course, he took part in the MSc Strategic Studies programme, University of Ibadan from 2014 to 2015.


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.

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