The Nigerian army is one of the three major branches of the Nigerian military. The other two being the Air Force and the Navy. Armed with weapons and ammunition to defend the territorial integrity of the nation on land, it has strategic bases established for ts officers to live in. This is known as a barracks.
While there are ranks in the Nigerian army, you must be aware that its operations and tactics stem from the Nigerian Army Council, chaired by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at the headquarters. The other branches of the armed forces are the Nigerian Navy, whose primary duty is to ensure that the territorial waterways are defended against threats and the Air Force whose duty is to defend the country from external invaders on air.
There is also the possibility of a Joint Task Force, which comprises of mostly officers and men of the army, navy, air force and police in curbing a much larger threat. An example is the Boko Haram insurgency, which has plagued the nation’s unity in the North-east since 2002 and has seen soldiers sent there to flush out the threat at large.
The biggest Military Barrack in Nigeria
The biggest Nigerian military barrack is the Dodan Barracks which occupies a large area located at Ikoyi in Lagos state. History has it that the Dodan Barracks was the very base where some Nigerian Army majors made plans to topple the civilian government and also was one time the seat of power for the Supreme Military Council in 1966.
How Many Barracks are in Nigeria
There are 52 army barracks in Nigeria. These barracks cut across all states of the federation.
Nigerian Army Population
The current population of the Nigerian Army is estimated at 6,000 officers and over 150,000 soldiers.
History of Divisions in Nigeria
Divisions in Nigeria were formed after the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) left Nigeria (the RWAFF was a multi-battalion field force, formed by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to garrison the West African colonies of Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and The Gambia).
It was at the end of the Nigerian civil war in 1970 that the population of the Nigerian army rose to a staggering 126,000 with the combination of officers from three divisions and 18,000 infantry battalions. The Nigerian army was tasked to ensure that a repeat of the bloodied war against internal and external threat was defeated at all cost.
Colonel Olusegun Obasanjo, who recognized his command, 3rd Division during the period of civil unrest was key in making sure that logistics and administration were greatly improved. The defense budget was increased and it was due to this that the Nigerian army recorded victory over Biafran forces, even though the NA lacked good arms and had fewer bases to keep and train soldiers.
By the time the civil war ended, there were four divisions recognized to control territories in the various regions from the North to South. 1 Division has its headquarters in Kaduna to oversee the North West sector; 2 Division headquarters was at Ibadan took charge of South West; 3rd Division with HQ at Jos oversaw the North East sector while 82 Division with its HQ at Enugu took charge of the South-East sector.
Today, with a more robust funding and organization by the Federal Government, the Headquarters of the Nigerian army has now seen various army barracks and formations that will oversee the day to day upkeep of the welfare, physical training, public relations, etc of its officers to go in line with the military ordinances.
Training in the Nigerian Army
Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) which is located in Minna is responsible for the training and combat development of officers in the Nigerian army. As an organized branch of the armed forces, the Nigerian army also has engineers, musicians, teachers, and other skilled workers. There is also the presence of the military police (MP) and 17 Corps Training Schools.
List of Army Divisions in Nigeria
There are 9 Army divisions within the Nigerian Army. They are:
1. 1 Division with its headquarters located in Kaduna.
2. 2 Division with its HQ located in Ibadan.
3. 3 Armoured Division HQ located in Jos
4. 6th Amphibious Division HQ located in Port Harcourt
5. 7th Infantry Division (OP-LD) HQ located in Maiduguri
6. 8th Division HQ located at Sokoto
7. 81st Division (Amphibious) headquarters located in Lagos
8. 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious) HQ located in Enugu
9. Training and Doctrine Command HQ located in Minna
Duties of Army Divisions in Nigeria
With all the several divisions, weapons and with professionally trained thousands of soldiers at its disposal, below are the duties of the Nigerian Army:
- To obey the dictates of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- To maintain and defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria against external aggression.
- To secure the country’s land borders and
- To restore order if needed and in cases of insurrection as directed by the President who is the grand commander of the armed forces.
List of Army Barracks in Nigeria and their Locations
There are 52 army barracks in Nigeria at the moment and these military bases are where land soldiers reside. Below is a list of all army barracks in Nigeria and the states in which they are situated:
- Dodan Barracks located in Ikoyi Lagos state is currently the biggest barrack in Nigeria.
- Goodluck Jonathan Barracks located in Ohafia Delta state ranked as the third-largest military base in Nigeria.
- Artillery Brigades Barracks located in Minna, Niger state.
- Katsina Barracks located in Katsina state.
- Alamala Barracks located in Abeokuta state.
- Oyo, Mokola Military Barracks located in Oyo state.
- 174 Battalion, Nigerian Army barracks located in Odoguyan Ikorodu, Lagos state.
- Army Barracks located in Ede, Osun state.
- Ejoor Barracks located in Effurun, Delta state.
- Warri Military Barracks located in Warri, Delta state.
- Ojo Barracks located in Lagos state.
- 22 Armoured Brigades, Sobi Barracks located in Ilorin, Kwara state.
- 33 Artillery Brigades Barracks located in Bauchi state.
- 323 Artillery Brigade, Army Barracks, Military Base, located in Akure, Ondo state.
- Abakpa Barracks located in Enugu state.
- Bori camps, Bori located in Rivers state.
- Ikeja Barracks located in Lagos state.
- Ashanti Barracks located in Lagos state.
- Bukavu Barracks located in Kano state.
- Rukuba barracks located in Jos, Plateau state.
- Awkunanu Barracks located in Enugu state.
- Adaka Boro Barracks located in Rivers state.
- Kalapanzin Barracks located in Kaduna state.
- Chindit Barracks located in Zaria.
- Giwa and Maimalari Barracks located in Borno state.
- Ribadu Cantonment located in Kaduna.
- Fort Nagwamatse Barracks located in Kantagora, Niger state.
- Obienu Barracks located in Bauchi state.
- Odogbo Barracks located in Ibadan.
- Letmauk Barracks located in Ibadan.
- Keffi Barracks.
- Okitipupa Barracks.
- Ekanwan Barracks.
- Calabar Barracks.
- Onitsha Barracks.
- Lafenwa Barracks located in Abeokuta.
- Markurdi Barracks.
- Albati Barracks.
- Arokan Barracks.
- Tego Barracks.
- Beho Beho Barracks.
- Marda Barracks.
- Kotoko Barracks.
- Dalet Barracks.
- Mogadishu Barracks.
- Colito Barracks.
- Camp Wu Basssey Barracks.
- Fort IBB.
- Sani Abacha Barracks.
- Yakubu Gowon Barracks.
- Aguiyi Ironsi Barracks.
- Gado Nasko Barracks located in Abuja (FCT).