1st Division (Nigeria)

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The 1st Division is a formation of the Nigerian Army, which traces its history to 1967. It was established during the Nigerian civil war and is charged with securing its Area of Responsibility (AOR) covering the North Western flank of Nigeria and also ensuring that the borders located in its AOR are secured. The division is a mechanized infantry with affiliated combat support and combat service support units. [1]

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In August–September 1967, 1 Area Command at Kaduna was redesignated 1 Infantry Division, and 2 Division was formed under Colonel Murtala Mohammed. [2]

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"At the end of the Civil War, the three divisions of the army were reorganised into four divisions, with each controlling territories running from North to South in order to deemphasise the former regional structure. Each division thus had access to the sea thereby making triservice cooperation and logistic support easier. This deployment formula was later abandoned in favour of the present assignment of sectors to the divisions. Thus 1 Division with HQ at Kaduna is allocated the North West sector; 2 Division with HQ at lbadan South West sector, 3 Division with HQ at Jos North East sector and 82 Division with HQ at Enugu South East sector." [3]

Division headquarters remains in Kaduna in the north-west. [4]

Divisional components

1 Division
241 Recce Battalion Nguru
1 Mechanised Brigade Sokoto
65 Mechanised Battalion
81 Motorised Battalion
223 Light Battalion

Other formations of the division include the 3rd Brigade (Kano), 41 Division Engineers, a signals formation of brigade size, and the 31st Artillery Brigade. [5] The existence of 3rd Brigade at Kano was corroborated by a May 2015 report of 1,000 soldiers dismissed "for allegedly disobeying orders during onslaughts against Boko Haram militants in the North-east." [6]

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References

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  2. General Olunsegun Obasanjo, 'My Command: An Account of the Nigerian Civil War 1967-70,' Heinemann, Ibadan/London/Nairobi, p.18 (Via Joint Services Command and Staff College Library)
  3. "Post War Developments In The Nigerian Armed Forces". OnlineNigeria. 27 October 2002. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. "Army Games Begin in Abeokuta". Archived from the original on 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  5. Ravi Rikhye, Concise World Armies 2012, Orbat.com.
  6. "Army Sacks 1,000 Soldiers Over Boko Haram,", 26 May 2015
  7. "Army inaugurates 17 Brigade in Katsina". The Eagle Online. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. http://www.army.mil.ng/divisions%5B%5D, accessed October 2013.