List of Nigerian Soldiers Who Are Alumni of RMA Sandhurst

Princess Oluchukwu: List of Nigerian Soldiers Who Are Alumni of RMA Sandhurst

Last updated on April 16th, 2024 at 08:06 am

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On Friday, April 12, 2024, history was made as Officer Cadet Owowoh Princess Oluchukwu, became the first-ever Nigerian female officer to graduate from the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), making her the 190th Nigerian graduate from the prestigious military institution in Europe.

Officer Cadet Owowoh Princess Oluchukwu first Nigerian female soldier to graduate from RMAS. Source: News Net Global

24-year-old Officer Cadet Princess joins the likes of gallant military men such as Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari, Umar Lawan, Colonel Kur Mohammed and Lieutenant Colonel Abogo Largema, who were the first set of Nigerian soldiers to be trained at the British Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom.

Here is the full list of Nigerian military men who underwent intensive military training at RMA Sandhurst:

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1) Brigadier Zakariya Abubakar Hassan Maimalari (Burma Company, course intake 10)

2) Umar Lawan

3) Lieutenant Colonel Abogo Largema: Later became Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion Nigeria Army, Ibadan, Oyo State

4) Lieutenant Colonel James Yakubu Pam (1955):  One of the victims of the early hours of January 15, 1966, Nigeria’s first military coup.

5) Captain David Akpode Ejoor: He held several military posts, including Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy and Chief of Army Staff

6) Colonel Kur Mohammed: Victim of January 15, 1966 coup

7) Lt Alexander Madiebo: He joined forces with Ojukwu at the Biafra Republic and became the General Officer Commanding of the secessionist group during the Nigerian Civil War

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8) Major Christian Anuforo: A member of the first coup plotters of January 1966.

9) Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu – leader of the first military coup in Nigeria

10) Major General Iliya D. Bisalla: Former Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy and General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army

11) Hassan Katsina: Former military governor of the Northern Region of Nigeria

12) Victor Adebukunola Banjo: He fought in the Biafran Army

13) Lt. Col. Patrick Anwunah: He became the General Staff Officer for Intelligence at Army HQ Lagos

14) General Yakubu Gowon: Former military Head of State

 15) Lt Author Unegbe: He was among the first 30 Nigerian officers in Nigeria’s military

16) Lt Macauley Nzefili: He was one of the pioneers Nigerian officers in Nigeria’s military

17) Ipoola Alani Akinrinade: Graduated from the RMA training in August 1960. He later became the Chief of Defence Staff

18) Murtala Ramat Muhammed: Former military Head of State, July 29, 1975-February 13, 1976

19) Capt. Benedict Gbulie: He played a key role in Nigeria’s first military coup

20) Gordon Ezegbuna

21) Mohammed Abdullahi

22) Alphonso Keshi

23) Lt Louis Ogbonnia

24) YB Abubakar

25) George Kurobo

26) Michael Okwechime

27) Sylvanus Nwajei

28) Joseph Akahan

29) Simeon Adegoke

30) Benjamin Adesanya Maja Adekunle aka “Black Scorpion”: GOC 3 Marine Commando (3MCDO) during the Nigerian Civil. He captured several Biafra territory

31) Iwuchukwu Chikuka

32) Emmanuel Udeaja

33) Ibrahim Haruna

34) Eman Ikwue

35) Mashohor

36) Jacob Esuene

37) Robert Mbu

38) Timothy Onwuatuegwu

39) John Obienu

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40) Musa Usman

41) Francis Adisa

42) Christopher Emelifonwu

43) Shittu Alao

44) Godwin Ally

45) Isong Ukpong

46) Lt. Col. Pius Eromobor

47) Joseph Ihedigbo

48) Simon Uwakwe

49) Patrick Anekwe

50) Mohammed Shuwa: Former Federal Commissioner of Trade and General Officer Commanding of the 1st Division, Nigerian Army

51) John Obada

52) Col. Emmanuel Nwobosi: A partaker in the first military coup and commander in the Biafra Army

53) Mohammed Remawa

54) Jonathan Isichei

55) Domkat Bali: Former Minister of Defence and Chief of Defence Staff

56) Joseph Okeke

57) Sylvester Onyekwe

58) Abdulaziz Wya

59) Jonathan Egere

60) Haruna Auna

61) Oye Alimi

62) Ibrahim Bako

63) Shehu Yar’adua

64) Samuel Idi-Fada

65) Abraham Maidodo

66) Martin Osahor

67) Louis Sokei

68) Chris Ude

69) George Innih

70) Pius Obi

71) Durosinmi Ajayi

72) Attah Esuk

73) Mohammed Bello Sydney Ezedinma

74) Mohammed Ndayako

75) Mohammed Dahiru

76) Simeon Uchendu

77) Mufutau Balogun

78) Samuel Ango

79) Bassey Inyang

80) Josephat Eneh

81) Datonye Iketubosin

82) David Ndefo

83) Andrew Sawa

84) Anthony Sedenu

85) Abdullahi Mamman

86) Samson Ojo

87) Ernest Attah

88) John Okafor

89) Muhammed Salami

90) Gregory Adebiyi

91) Sule Ajibade

92) Michael Otiwa

93) Emmanuel Igbinosa

94) Samuel Teidi

95) Francis Atambi

96) Emmanuel Taiwo

97) Temisa Oweh

98) Godwin Nwadike

99) Fidelis Uwa

100) Hafeez Adewuyi

101) Gibson Nwaogbo

102) Augustine Walbe

103) Michael Ajayi

104) Chidi Izuorgu

105) Myiza Sheri

106) Akinloye Akinyemi

107) Richard Aboki

108) Bala Garsama

109) Zion Ogbonnia

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110) Samuel Osahor

111) James Ayo-Ariyo

112) Felix Obende

113) Benjamin Akinlade

114) Felix Umoffia

115) Dauda Komo

116) Ishaya Hassan

117) David Ike

118) Mamuda Yerima

119) Justin Abenekaa

120) Joseph Akaagerger

121) Rueben Olufe

122) Ezechukwu Ukagha

123) Joseph Agbola

124) Christopher Eze

125) Kola Olu

126) Idris Sule

127) Augustine Ezeodun

128) Frank Osokogu

129) Joseph Braimah

130) Joseph Okunbor

131) John Samuel

132) Adide Aprezi

133) Momoh Omeiza

134) Olakunle Akinyemi

135) Olatunji Olayinka

136) Mannix Nyiam

137) Ismail Abdullahi

138) Aliyu Danjuma

139) Solomon Kumakpayi

140) Abiodun Ayo

141) Bartholomew Ogbonna

142) Michael Buhari Madaki Ismail Yadudu

143) Chibuzor Enemchukwu

144) Abubakar Saleh

145) Ibrahim Ali

146) Tajudeen Lamidi

147) Oluwaseun Olayiwola

148) David Nwogu

149) David Otenigbagbe

150) Ibrahim Labbo

151) John Dada

152) Imadiyi Omo-Erhabor

153) Adu Bako

154) Ovie-Oba Oielumoh

155) Amah Ogbuogu

156) Noel Moses

157) Bashir Bala

158) Bala Musa

159) Abdullahi Kolo

160) Nurudeen Yusuf

161) Mark Simeni

162) Emmanuel Undiandeye: The incumbent Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) 

163) Princess Oluchukwu

Note: This list is not in ascending order

Significance

A notable thing about the ‘first set’ of alumni of RMAS, who are Nigerian soldiers is that they either participated in the first or second military coup, held key military formations or took controversial or heroic actions during their military career.

Some of the benefits of being RMAS Alumni include joining alumni networking, the privilege to attend Sandhurst events, joining the online alumni groups, and joining the Online Library & Wish Stream Journal among others.

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