NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE SET TO GRADUATE PARTICIPANTS FROM 11 FOREIGN ARMED FORCES, 120 NIGERIANS ; 2014 INTAKE TO INCLUDE OFFICERS FROM 18 FOREIGN COUNTRIES INCLUDING INDIA, PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH

L-R: Mrs Olusola Obada, Minister of State(Defence), Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim and the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Thomas Jonah Lokoson

(PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA)

PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
Abuja, Nigeria
26 July, 2013

Nigeria’s apex military institution, the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja, will next week turn out 131 officers, including 11 foreigners, so far the highest number of graduates since it
began operations with 30 participants 21 years ago (1992).

The 11 foreigners are from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, Togo, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Brazil. The remaining 120 participants, all Nigerians, are from the Army (50), Navy (35), Air Force (24), two each from the Nigerian Police and Department of State Security and another seven from strategic federal establishments.

The NDC Commandant, Rear Admiral
Thomas Jonah Lokoson, told journalists in Abuja Thursday that the College would
expand the intake of foreign participants in its next Course (22) to 18. He said ‘They will come from African
countries, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan and in the the 2014 Course (23), a participant is expected from the United States of America.

Admiral Lokoson said that the foreign
participants are “a means of strengthening the cordial bilateral
relations that already exist between
Nigeria and each of the participating
countries.” He added that participants are usually tutored extensively on the constitutional role of the military under civilian rule and the virtues of military subordination to civil authority.’Graduates are expected to remain resolutely focused on improving professionalism in their respective
Services and never to be allowed to be
used as instruments of disservice and
disloyalty to our nation’s democracy.”

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3 Responses to NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE SET TO GRADUATE PARTICIPANTS FROM 11 FOREIGN ARMED FORCES, 120 NIGERIANS ; 2014 INTAKE TO INCLUDE OFFICERS FROM 18 FOREIGN COUNTRIES INCLUDING INDIA, PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH

  1. jimmy says:

    We look forward to the participant from the United State joining the program this will be a first,

  2. freeegulf says:

    if they want to recruit our officers, they have multiple channels to do so. we do send officers for training to the USA remember, it is even more convenient to do it there than sending a single DIA agent here for ‘asset spotting’.

    on a similar note, remember what happened in the early 80s when NA HQ prepared a plan of action against cameroun, after their gendarmes killed four of our soldiers. well, the plan eventually found its way to french intelligence and they gave it to the camerounians. that was an eye opener because it completely neutralized our immediate first move. there was a leak, someone gave the french intelligence a copy of that plan. suspicion fell on a certain general who was very close to gen wushishi, this general was his de facto deputy and would continue his career path to the apex. the rest they say is……

    our military intel peeps need to keep a close eye on officers on overseas duties and training. and also a complete overhaul of CI.
    espionage can never be stopped completely, it happens everywhere, but it can be minimized to the barest minimum in order not to have repetitive embarrassing situations such as that with the planning directorate with the bakassi affair.

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