Nigerian Defence Academy

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

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) at Kaduna is the only Military 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.


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.[1] 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.[1]

The current Commandant is Major General A. Oyebade.[2]


Below is the chronological list of NDA Commandants:


Some notable alumni:


  1. ^ a b Welcome page, NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY, (2008), accessed 2009-04-20
  2. ^ Ahmadu-Suka, Maryam. "General Oyebade takes over as 28th NDA Commandant". Daily Trust. Daily Trust. 
  3. ^ "Shake up in the military". The Nation. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 

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