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The position of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was established under the Nigeria’s 1979 constitution. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) reports to the president with administrative supervision of the Minister of  Defence.

The CDS is assisted by the other service chiefs such as:

1.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS)

2.

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) and

3.

Chief of Air Staff Staff (CAS)

These are Pasts and Present Chief of Defence Staff (CDS):

Flag of the Chief of Defence Staff

1.

Lt. Gen. Ipoola Alani Akinrinade

Army

Apr. 1980 – Oct. 2, 1981

2.

Lt. Gen. Gibson Jalo

Army

Oct. 2, 1981 – Dec. 31, 1983

3.

Gen. Domkat Yah Bali

Army

Jan. 1, 1984 – Jan. 10, 1990

4.

Gen. Sani Abacha

Army

Jan. 1, 1984 – Nov. 17, 1993

5.

Lt. Gen. Oladipupo Donaldson Diya

Army

Nov. 17, 1993 – Dec. 21, 1997

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6.

Gen. Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar

Army

Dec. 21, 1997 – June 9, 1998

7.

Air Marshall Al-Amin Daggash

Air Force

June 9, 1998 – May 29, 1998

8.

Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi

Navy

May 29, 1999 – June 27, 2003

9.

Gen. Alexander Ogomudia

Army

June 27, 2003 – June 1, 2006

10.

Gen. Marthin Luther Agwai

Army

June 1, 2006 – May 25, 2007

11.

Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi

Army

May 25, 2007 – Aug. 20, 2008

12.

Air Chief Marshall Paul Dike

Air Force

Aug. 20, 2008 – Sept. 8, 2010

13.

Air Chief Marshall Oluseyi Pentirin

Air Force

Sept. 8, 2010 – Oct. 5, 2012

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14.

Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim

Navy

Oct. 5, 2012 – Jan. 16, 2014

15.

Chief Air Staff Marshall Alex Badeh

Air Force

Jan. 16, 2014 – Jul. 13, 2015

16.

Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin

Army

Jul. 13, 2015 – Jan. 26, 2021

17.

General Lucky Irabor

Army

26 Jan. 2021 Till Date

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