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  The first naval officer to become Chief of Defence Staff from 1999-2003 and first Naval Officer to reach four-star general in the Nigeria military during the civilian administration of Nigeria. Background Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi CFR FSS was born on the 14th of November 1948. He had his early education in St John’s College, Kaduna from 1962 to 1966. After that, He enrolled in Nigeria Defence Academy in 1967 of regular course 4 passing out in 1970 and then Midshipman course in the United Kingdom in 1971 and technical course India in 1972, underwater Warfare Course India in 1976 than the United States Naval War College Course in 1980 and in 1992.
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He was Commanding officer Eken NNS France in 1982, commander NNS Anansa in 1985 and director Administrator in Nigeria Defence Academy from 1986 to 1987. In 1992 he was commanding directing staff in National War College and Deputy Commandant Armed forces, Command Staff College, Jaji in 1995. In May 1999 he was Chief of Defence Staff till 2003. Brief Summary Ogohi Ibrahim the Nigerian Admiral is considered the first naval officer to become Chief of Defence Staff from 1999-2003 and the first Naval Officer to reach four-star general in the Nigeria military during the civilian administration of Nigeria. Below is a capsulized synopsis of Admiral Ibrahim’s profile. Ogohi was born on November 14, 1948 and he is married with children. He was educational history include: Rimi, Saint John’s College, Kaduna, 1962-66; NDA, Kaduna Regular Course 4, 1968-70; Nigerian Defence Academy, 1968-69; Midshipman’s Course, United Kingdom and India, 1970; Sub-Lieutenant Technical Course, India, 1971-72; Navigation Course, United Kingdom, 1973; Underwater Warfare Course, India, 1974-77; Principal Warfare Officers’ Courses, United Kingdom 1979; the United States Naval War College Course, 1981; Training Course for newly built ships France, 1981-82; the United States Naval War College 1991-92. Career: Watch Keeping duties on NNS Enugu and Ibadan as Gunnery/Navigation Officer, 1972-73; Navigation Officer, NSS Yola in the United Kingdom 1974; Laboratory Officer, Naval Armament Depot Kirikiri, 1976; Executive Officer, NNS Akaso, Port-Harcourt 1977-78; Commanding Officer, NNS Ruwan Yaro, 1978-79; Standby for Ships Construction, NNS Enyimiri, United Kingdom, 1979-80; Commanding Officer, NNS Otobo and Dorina 1980; and Standby for Ships Construction 1981; Commanding Officer.
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NNS Eken in France 1982; Naval Provost Marshall 1982-83; Executive Officer, NNS Aradu 1983-84; Commander NNS Anansa, 1985-86; Commanding Officer, Naval Wing, Nigerian Defence Academy, 1986- 87; director Administrator, NDA, 1986-90; Commanding Officer, NNS Quora, 1990-91; Directing Staff. National War College 1992-93; Chief Staff Officer and Fleet Commander (West) 1993-94; Deputy Commandant, Command and Staff College. Jaji, 1994-95; Chief of Plans, Naval Headquarters, 1995-96; presently. Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command,1995-97; Appointed Chief of Defence Staff, May 29, 1999; Vice Admiral Promoted Serving Admiral of the Nigerian Navy, October 2001; Honours: Force Service Star; Meritorious Service Star; Pass Staff College; US nwc and fwc; National Honour: Commander of the Federal Republic, 2001; Hobbies. soccer, table tennis and golf. A soldier and a gentleman, Admiral Ogohi ranks as one of the silent yet outstanding officers of his generation.  Reference  Wikipedia Featured image source: Metrowatch
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