Colonel Rabe Abubakar was born on 7 April 1965. He hails from Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. On completion of his secondary education, he proceeded to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was later commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1989.
Since commissioning, the senior officer has held several Command and Staff appointments some of which include; Coordinator Joint Media Centre at the Headquarters of the Joint Task Force Operation in the Niger Delta, Commandant Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI) Lagos and the Executive Director Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited.
He has also attended several courses including Company Amphibious Course and National Defence College, China.
His hobbies include Jogging, Badminton and reading.