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Nigeria's Armed Forces Ruling Council was established in 1985 by Ibrahim Babangida following the coup that overthrew Muhammadu Buhari. It replaced Buhari's Supreme Military Council, which had been in place since 1983.
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|Major-General Ibrahim Babangida||President, Chairman of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, Chairman of the Federal Executive Council, Commander in Chief – Nigerian Armed Forces|
|Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe||Chief of General Staff|
|Major-General Domkat Bali||Defence Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff|
|Maj-Gen Sani Abacha||Chief of Army Staff|
|Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa||Chief of Air Staff|
|Rear-Admiral Augustus Aikhomu||Chief of Naval Staff|
|Major-General Mamman Jiya Vatsa||Minister of the Federal Capital Territory|
|Etim Inyang||Inspector-General of Police|
|Brigadier Peter Adomokhai||GOC, 1 Mechanised Infantry Division – Kaduna|
|Brigadier Yohanna Yerima Kure||GOC, 2 Mechanised Division – Ibadan|
|Brigadier Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro||GOC, 3 Armoured Infantry Division – Jos|
|Brigadier Donaldson Oladipo Diya||GOC, 82 Division – Enugu|
|Brigadier Gado Nasko||Commander - Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery|
|Brigadier Duro Ajayi||Commander, Training and Doctrine Command|
|Brigadier Paul Omu||Commandant, Command and Staff College|
|Brigadier Joseph Olayeni Oni||Director - Joint Services|
|Brigadier Abdullahi Mamman||Director of Army Training and Operations|
|Commodore Aloko||Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command|
|Commodore Murtala Nyako||Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command|
|Commodore Mauftau Adegoke Babatunde Elegbede||Flag Officer Commanding, Sea Training Command|
|Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Yahaya||Air officer Commanding – Air Training Command|
|Air Commodore Bayo Lawal||Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command|
|Air Commodore Nura Imam||Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command|
|Air Commodore Larry Koinyan||Air Force|
|Lt-Col John Shagaya||Commander, 9 Mechanised Brigade|
|Lt-Col Halilu Akilu||Director-General, Directorate of Military Intelligence|
|Lt-Col Raji Alagbe Rasaki||Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison and Signal Group|
|Lt-Col Tanko Ayuba||Commander – Corps of Signals|
Of these initial members, only five (Abacha, Dogonyaro, Aikhomu, Nyako and Elegbede) were still members when Babangida stepped down in 1993.
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