His appointment makes him the 23rd person to occupy the position of the Chief of Naval Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He is from Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State, and was a member of Regular Course 36 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
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He enlisted into the Nigerian Navy on 24 September 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36 and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant 24 September 1988. He is an Underwater Warfare specialist with a subspecialisation in Intelligence.
Prior his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was Director of Procurement at the Defence Space Administration. He holds a PhD in Transport Management and a Masters Degree in Transport Management (Logistic Option), both from Ladoke Akintola University.
He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM; Fellow of the Certified Institute of Shipping; Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria, as well as a fellow of the National Defence College South Africa