Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, Kaduna State

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) at Kaduna is the only Military Federal University in Nigeria. Duration of training in the academy is 5 years, which include 4 years of academic studies and 1 year of military training.nda logo

The NDA was established in January 1964 as a reformation of the British run Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC), which had been renamed the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) on independence. The military institution trains the officer corps of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force. The initial class was only 62 cadets, and trainers were mostly officers in the Indian Army.

The NDA grew to an all Nigerian training staff only in 1978. In 1981 itself began training bilateral training of foreign militaries. In 1985 the academy commenced offering undergraduate programmes to Military Officers In Training and now also currently offers post graduate studies both for Msc and Ph.D for both military and civilian students alike.

The central mission remains the five year cadet officer training “Regular Combatant Course”, although from 2002, a four-year military programme is also offered. As of 2008, its total cadet class is around 1500.

Motto Loyalty and valour
Type Military academy
Established 1964
Students 4,200
Undergraduates Yes
Postgraduates Msc
Doctoral students
Location Kaduna, Kaduna, Nigeria

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NDA Alumni

Some notable alumni:

  • Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, former Chief of Army Staff
  • Alexander Ogomudia, former Chief of Defence Staff & Chief of Army Staff
  • Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria and former Military Head of State
  • Azubuike Ihejirika, former Chief of Army Staff
  • Dangiwa Umar, former Governor of Kaduna State
  • Gideon Orkar, April 1990 coup leader
  • Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy
  • Kayode Are, former National Security Adviser and Director General State Security Service
  • Maxwell Khobe, former ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force Commander and Chief of Defence Staff, Sierra Leone
  • Emeka Onwuamaegbu Former Commandant, NDA
  • Muhammad Inuwa Idris, Commandant, NDA
  • Oladipo Diya, former Chief of Defence Staff
  • Owoye Andrew Azazi, former Chief of Defence Staff & Chief of Army Staff
  • Sultan Sa’adu Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto
  • Sambo Dasuki, National Security Adviser
  • Tunji Olurin, former military governor of Oyo State
  • Victor Malu, former Chief of Army Staff
  • John Michael Ogidi, former ECOMOG Officer and Commander Corps of Signals Lagos Headquarters

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