Alexander Ogomudia

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Alexander Odeareduo Ogomudia
Chief of Defence Staff
In office
June 2003 – June 2006
Preceded by Adm. I. Ogohi
Succeeded by Gen. M.L. Agwai
Chief of Army Staff
In office
April 2001 – June 2003
Preceded by Lt-Gen. S.V.L. Malu
Succeeded by Lt-Gen. M.L. Agwai
General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army
In office
January 2005 – July 2006
Preceded by Maj-Gen A.S. Mukhtar
Succeeded by Brig Gen D.R.A. Ndefo
Personal details
Born Isoko South LGA, Delta State, Nigeria
Alma mater Nigerian Defence Academy
Obafemi Awolowo University
University of Ibadan
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch Nigerian Army
Rank General

General Alexander Odeareduo Ogomudia (Rtd) CFR DSS fwc psc(+) MSc FNSE (born 29 December 1949 in Uzere, Isoko South, Delta State) is a retired Nigerian army officer who served as Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff.

The Nigerian Army officially described his career as "Lieutenant General Alexander Odeareduo Ogomudia was born on 29 December 1949, at Uzere in Isoko South Local Government Area in Delta State of Nigeria. After his Primary and Secondary Education he opted to serve in the military. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as a cadet on 13 October 1969. At the successful completion of his cadet training, he was commissioned on 11 March 1972 into the Nigerian Army Signal in the rank of Second Lieutenant with effect from 13 October 1969. He is of NDA 7th Regular Course. Second Lieutenant AO Ogomudia's first point of duty after commission was General Staff Officer Grade 3 Operation/Training where he served as Staff Officer from April 1972 to December 1972. He was promoted Lieutenant on 11 June 1972."

"Between the rank of Lieutenant and Major, which spanned from 11 June 1972 to 11 June 1981, AO Ogomudia attended a number of military and civil Courses, at home and abroad. He attended Signal Officers Basic Course (SOBC 19) USA, Signals Officers' Degree Engineer Course (India), Diploma Electrical Electronics Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Battalion Commanders' Course Jaji, National War College Course Lagos and University of Ibadan amongst others. During the same period, General Ogomudia held various appointments. They include Adjutant, Communication Zone Signal Regiment, Commanding Officer Signal Support Regiment, Directing Staff Command and Staff College, Commander 53 Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal [Regiment?], Director of Telecommunications Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals, Colonel Co-ordination Headquarters Nigerian Army Signal, Deputy Commandant, Nigerian Army Signal and School (Training Branch), Directing Staff, National War College, Commandant Nigerian Army Signals and School and General Officer Commanding 1 Mechanized Division Nigerian Army."

"AO Ogomudia rose to the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 11 December 1985 and on 11 December 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He was promoted Brigadier General on 11 December 1994 and then Major General 11 December 1998. He was subsequently elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General on 1 October 2001. Lieutenant General AO Ogomudia then a Major General was appointed Chief of Army Staff Nigerian Army (COAS) on 1 April 2001. He is married with children. His hobbies include Music, Farming and Engineering Designs."[1]

Ogomudia served as Chief of the Defence Staff of Nigeria from 2003 to 2006. He succeeded Ibrahim Ogohi, and was succeeded by Martin Luther Agwai.


  1. ^, sourced originally from Nigerian Army website