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Brigadier General Nuhu Bamalli -
Nigerian Contingent Commander, UNAMSIL
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Alhaji Nuhu Bamalli was born on October 15, 1954. He is from Kano State. He
attended the Nigerian Military School in Zaria, from 1968-72 after which he
proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy, joining the 14th regular course in
July 1973. He was granted a regular combatant commission in December 1975 in
the rank of 2/Lt and received the silver medal as the best Army Cadet. As a
cadet he was the Company Senior Under Officer (CSUO) of the Abyssinia company.
commissioning he began a highly distinguished career as a "Vulcan" in the Corps
Beginning with the
Field and Survey Artillery Officers Cadre, followed by the Artillery Young
Officers' Course, he set himself apart right at the beginning. He has almost
always topped his class whether at home or abroad. In 1977 he was named a
distinguished allied graduate after the basic Artillery Officer's course at the
United States Field Artillery School in Fort Sill Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter
he emerged as an honor graduate of the Communications & Electronics Staff course
at the same institution.
Back home, the
pattern continued in subsequent courses, including the Regimental Signals
Officers course (in 1978) and junior division Staff College (in 1980). In 1983
he returned to the United States and attended the Adjutant General Officers
Advanced course at Fort Benjamin in Indiana. In 1984 he was out again, this
time to attend the Regimental Survey Officers Course at Deolali in India - where
he distinguished himself again.
In 1985/86 he
attended the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College, graduating with a psc (with
dagger), followed in 1987 by the Gunnery Staff Course at Nowshera in Pakistan
from which he graduated with distinction. On "Army Day" 1988, he was recognized
with the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Commendation Certificate . But it
did not end there.
In 1994, he got the
COAS and Commandant Infantry Center and School Merit award following his
performance during the Commanding Officers Course. Six years later, in 2001, as
part of the 9th National War College course, he emerged as the best overall
student, bagging the President and Commander-in-Chief Golden Award. For the
best paper in "Land Operations" he got the COAS Award. For the best paper in
"Internal Security" he secured the Inspector General of Police Award.
In 1998, the
Brigadier graduated with a Post-graduate Diploma in Management from the Federal
University of Technology Owerri. In 1999 he was conferred with an MSc in
International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Imo State University Owerri. In
2002, he secured an MSc in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.
As a Captain, he
was an Instructor and Company Officer at the NDA from 1979 to 1981, followed
thereafter by appointment as the Senior Officer and Cadet Battalion Commander.
From 1994 to 1996, as a Lt. Col., he was a Directing Staff (DS) in the senior
division at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.
He has held
numerous staff appointments over the years as Training Officer and Adjutant in
the 22 Field Artillery regiment, ADC to Artillery Corps Commander (Maj Gen MG
Nasko (Rtd)), General Staff Officer Grade 2 (GSO2) Staff Duties and Plans and
GSO2 Training and Plans at the Headquarters, Army Corps of Artillery.
He was also a Staff
Officer to then President and C-in-C, General Ibrahim Babangida. Following the
assassination of Lt. Col. UK Bello in April 1990, he became the ADC to the
President - a position he held until the President "stepped aside" in August
After rotations in
command and teaching positions he returned to staff work at the Army HQ
Department of Administration as Staff Officer (I) Welfare Services and,
subsequently, Colonel (Personnel Services) from 1996 - 1997. In September
2001, he was appointed Deputy Director Operations at the Defence HQ.
He has also been
privileged to carry out some special staff assignments. At the Armed Forces
Command and Staff College, he was the coordinator of the Curriculum Review Team
(CRT). Most recently he served as the Secretary of the Committee on naming of
Military Barracks and Cantonments.
As a Lieutenant, he
served as the Acting 2ic of the 22 Field Artillery Regiment. As a Captain he
served as Battery Commander of the 34 Self-Propelled Artillery Brigade Locating
Battery. As a Lt. Col. he served as the Commanding Officer, 322 Field
Artillery Regiment Benin City. As a Colonel he served as Brigade Commander, 34
Field Artillery Brigade, Owerri.
Brigadier-General, he is currently the Sector West Commander/ Nigerian
Contingent Commander at the United Nations Mission in Sierra-Leone (UNAMSIL).
Bamalli is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM) and an
Associate Member, Institute of Personnel Management of Nigerian (AIPM). His
military decorations include the Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service
Star (MSS), Republic Medal (RM), General Service Medal (GSM), 25th Anniversary
(Silver Jubilee) medal, and Commander of the Independence Order of Equatorial
This column wishes him and the entire Nigerian contingent in Sierra Leone well in their assignment.
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