Corps and Services of Nigeria Army

Defence headquarters

Nigeria Army Corps and Services are:

Infantry Corps Centre

The Infantry is one of the teeth arms of the Nigeria Army  and the queen of battle. It is the surest guarantor of peace which Nigeria needs in addition to carrying out its normal role as the combat arm capable of capturing and holding the ground. The Corps is headed by the Commander ICC.

Armoured Corps

Nigeria Army AC provides close combat support to the infantry. It has various types of units equipped with different categories of vehicles and armaments for the performance of their peculiar roles. These units include Recce Battalions, Tank Battalions, Light Tank Battalions and the Demonstration Battalion. The Nigeria Army AC is headed by the Commander Armour Corps (CAC).

Corps of Artillery

Nigeria Army CA, one of the teeth arms, provides fire support to manoeuvre units of the Nigeria Army  and protection against hostile artillery fire. It also provides Air defence cover for strategic installations of the country as well as sensitive areas of operations. Nigeria Army CA is headed by the Commander Corps of Artillery (CCA).

Engineers Corps

Nigeria Army E provides both civil and military engineering needs of the Nigeria Army  for warfare and peace support operations. The Corps is headed by the Corps Commander Engineers (CCE).

Army Signals

Nigeria Army S is responsible for the provision of communication support for effective command and control, provision of electronic warfare (EW) support, liaison with civil communication authority for provision of communication and management of Nigeria Army  Frequency Spectrum. Nigeria Army S is headed by the Commander Corps of Signals (CCS).

Intelligence Corps

The role of Nigeria Army IC is the provision of intelligence support for all Nigeria Army  operations. Nigeria Army IC is also involved in acquisition of strategic intelligence and the build-up of an information data based on foreign countries whose action may impact on Nigeria’s national interest or international obligation in support of world peace as provided for in the UN charter. Nigeria Army IC is headed by the Director of Military Intelligence (DMI).

Corps of Supply and Transport

The roles of Nigeria Army CST include the provision and operation of mechanical transport in service of all formations of the Nigeria Army  and the acquisition of supplies and sustenance on which unit operations rely on. Its provision of transport includes those of land, water and air while its schedule of responsibilities includes the provision of second and third line of various support available in the Nigeria Army , providing and distributing combat supplies such as ammunition, Petrol, Oil and Lubricant (POL) industrial gas, rations to and within all the formations. The Corps is also responsible for fire prevention and protection, catering services, movement of controlled facilities and the training of personnel for mechanical transport, POL, catering, fire fighting, maritime, railway and air services. Nigeria Army CST is headed by the Commander Corps of Supply and Transport (CC ST).

Nigerian Army Medical Corps

Nigeria Army MC offers primary, secondary and tertiary health services such as clinical consultation, management of patients, teaching and medical research. Consultancy services are offered to civilian and other interested institutions in the country. There also exists a hi-tech Audiological Centre, the first of its kind in West Africa provided by the corps. Nigeria Army MC is headed by the Commander, Nigeria Army MC.

Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps

infantry Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps (Nigeria Army OC) is one of the major logistics corps of the Nigerian Army. The Corps’ primary role is the production, storage, maintenance and issue of military stores. Its secondary role includes inspection, repairs and the disposal of ammunition, clothing, technical and general stores. The corps has a training school, i.e. the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps Training Centre (Nigeria Army OCTC) which supplies the Corps with the needed manpower and suitable skills to perform its assigned roles. Nigeria Army OC is headed by the Corps Commander of Ordnance (CC Ord).

Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Nigeria Army EME) is responsible for the maintenance of electrical, mechanical, electronic, optical and electro-medical equipment of the Nigeria Army . The Corps also provides technical advice to commanders at all levels. In order to fulfill its roles, Nigeria Army EME carries out pre-procurement tests and trials to determine the suitability of equipment to be introduced into the Nigeria Army . It also conducts pre-delivery inspection of equipment to certify their conformity with laid down standards and adherence to technical aspects of contractual agreement. Nigeria Army EME also carries out repairs of unserviceable equipment and scaling for scientific forecast and mechanical engineering regulations as well as research and development to keep abreast with technological developments relevant to the military. Nigeria Army EME is headed by the Commander Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (CCEME).

Corps of Military Police

Nigeria Army CMP undertakes the tasks of crime prevention, crime detection, apprehension of offenders, assistance to service personnel and maintenance of discipline. Others are routine police duties like foot patrols, traffic control, route signing, ceremonial duties including VIP escort and protection, criminal investigation, as well as co-operation with civil police in all aspects of police duties. In war time, Nigeria Army CMP carries out all the tasks enumerated during peace in addition to stragglers centre control, refugee control, establishment of prisoners of war camp, rear area protection, security of main supply route and support of Nigeria Army  Engineers. Nigeria Army CMP is headed by the Provost Marshal Army (PM ‘A’)

Education Corps

Nigeria Army EC endeavors to plan and execute the Nigeria Army  programme of education in liberal, scientific and doctrinal studies, manage service educational establishment and training support facilities, as required for the professional excellence of the Nigeria Army . Nigeria Army EC is headed by the Commander Corps of Education (CCE).

Finance Corps

Nigerian Army Finance Corps (Nigeria Army FC) was born out of the Royal Pay Corps of the colonial military establishment. At independence, the Royal Pay Corps was renamed Pay and Record Office. By 1960, the Pay Office became separate from Records Officer and the name was changed to the Nigerian Army Pay Corps (Nigeria Army PC). As a result of the various reorganizations in the Nigeria Army  and the Corps itself, the name was changed to Nigerian Army Finance Corps (Nigeria Army FC) in 1983. Its responsibility is effective management of the financial resources of the Nigeria Army . It is headed by the Commander Corps of Army Finance and Accounts (CCAFA).

Army Physical Training

DAPT is charged with the responsibility of keeping the Nigeria Army  personnel physically and mentally fit. It is also these aspects of fitness that will guarantee the individual’s emotional stability and these 3 states of the body therefore combine to give the individual soldier all round fitness to carry out his role. This therefore, is in tandem with DAPT motto: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, (A sound mind in healthy body). DAPT is headed by the Director Physical Training (DPT)

Band Corps

The Nigerian Army Band Corps (Nigeria Army BC) began as a Regimental Band in 1932 with a Bandmaster sent from the Royal Life Guards Band in England to man the Band. In 1935, the Band was converted to full-fledged Military Band. The music provided by Nigeria Army BC covers highlife, traditional and military music for the needs of the Nigeria Army  and barracks communities as well as other interested civil populace. Nigeria Army BC is headed by the Director of Music (DOM)

Chaplain Service Services Roman Catholic

The Roman Catholic (RC) Chaplaincy of the Nigeria Army  is one of the oldest spiritual institutions established at the inception of West African Frontier Force. The earlier priests were Reverend Fathers (Military) seconded from Britain to Nigeria to administer the administrative and spiritual concerns of RC officers and soldiers. Later, Reverend Fathers of Nigerian origin took over from their British counterparts in the early 1960s. Today, there are 32 Chaplain (RC) Officers providing spiritual services to officers and soldiers of the RC denomination. Chaplain RC is headed by the Director of Chaplain Services (RC).

Chaplain Service Protestant

The Protestant (Prot) Chaplaincy like the RC is also an old spiritual Army institution. It developed from its cradled of a ‘one-man’ office of British Chaplain Officer seconded from Britain in the early 1950s. Today, there are Prot Chaplain Officers in various formations and units to conduct various religious services to officers, soldiers and their families. It is headed by the Director Chaplain Services (Protestant).

Islamic Affairs

The Directorate of Islamic Affairs (DOIA) is perhaps the oldest religious component of the Nigerian Army. It is tasked with providing the spiritual needs of the Moslem officers and soldiers in the Nigeria Army  and is headed by the Director of Islamic Affairs.

Army Public Relations

DAPR has developed and expanded in terms of manpower, roles and responsibilities. It is charged with the short and long term building and management of good corporate image for the Nigeria Army  and sustenance of cordial relationship between the Nigeria Army  and the public. DAPR has the role of advising commanders on the proactive ways of shaping policies and operations to gain public acceptance and support. As the mouthpiece of the Nigeria Army , DAPR interprets and explains Nigeria Army  roles, policies, activities and accomplishments to the public. During war, conflicts, exercises or operations DAPR conducts information management to keep the public abreast and also undertake activities to motivate troops for attainment of overall Nigeria Army ‘s mission. Avenues used by DAPR to achieve its tasks include publications, production of documentaries, media relations, radio and television broadcasts. DAPR is headed by the Director of Army Public Relations.

Legal Service

The main function of the Directorate of Legal Services (Army) (DLS ‘A’) is the provision of legal services to the Nigerian Army. Other functions include providing legal advice, review of reports of Boards of Inquiry and Regimental Inquiries, review of petitions and letters of redress, supervision of Court-Martial trials, review of Records of Proceedings of Court-Martial trials, preparation of memoranda on disciplinary cases to the Army Council, preparation and vetting of contract documents, commercial agreements and Memoranda of Understanding. DLS conducts Military Law training packages at various training schools. The Directorate also monitors and holds brief on cases involving the Nigeria Army  in Civil Courts and conducts liaison between the Nigeria Army  and stakeholders in civil justice administration sectors. Additionally, DLS provides Company Secretaries and Legal Officers to Nigeria Army  Commercial outfits. DLS is headed by the Chief Legal Adviser Army (CLA ‘A’)