Armed Forces Ruling Council (Nigeria)

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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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Initial membership

Name Position
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 AlokoFlag 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. [1]

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  1. Max Siollun, Babangida, His Life and Times Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine ., Part 4