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academy-provostProfessor Azubuike Sonny Nwankwo PhD FCIM FRSA FHEA, Chartered Marketer

Academy Provost

Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)



Prof AS Nwankwo, who took over as Academy Provost of NDA in February 2015, is Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship. He started his professional career in 1981 at Kaduna Polytechnic after obtaining a degree in Management Studies from the University of Jos and subsequently Masters Degree in Marketing from the University of Nigeria. He veered off to the ‘practical’ world of business and worked with the Nigeria External Telecommunications (NET, latterly  NITEL) for 5 years as the Zonal  Head of Commercial Operations before returning to the academia. Since completing a PhD in London in 1990, he held academic positions at different universities in the UK  and a professorial chair in 2001.

Prior to the current role, he was the Director of the Noon Centre for Equality & Diversity in Business at the University of East London;previously Director of Research and Enterprise,  founding Director of the Petchey Centre of Entrepreneurship (UEL), inaugural President of the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) amongst others. He is widely published and his works have attracted several awards, including the ANBAR Citation of Excellence for Highest Quality Rating. Professor Nwankwo is on the Editorial Advisory Board and Review Committee of several academic journals. He is External Assessor and Visiting Professor at universities in the United Kingdom, Australasia and across Africa. He is also trained as a lay magistrate within the UK’s judicial system.


Brig. Gen IM Jallo

Academy Registrar

Nigerian Defence Academy




Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohammed Jallo was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 25 September 1993 and posted into the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps. He has attended several military courses among which are Young Officers’ Course Infantry, Young Officers’ Course Armour, Anti Tank Platoon Commanders, Mortar Platoon Commander, Basic and Advance Range Management. Others are Armour Company, Battalion Commanders, Junior and Senior Course at Armed Forces Command and Staff College and National Defence College at Abuja, Nigeria.

Brigadier General Jallo was a Platoon and Company Commander in 244 Recce Battalion, Saki Oyo State, Commanding Officer of 221 Battalion, Kainji as well as 245 Recce Battalion in Ikom Cross River State. He took part in Operation FLUSHOUT II in Damaturu, Yobe State, Military Observer in African Mission in Sudan and also served as an Instructor in Nigerian Defence Academy from 2002 – 2004 and 2011 (Senior Instructor). Brigadier General Jallo was also Directing Staff and Chief Instructor in Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and Chief Instructor in Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Corps, Staff Officer Grade 2 and Staff Officer Grade one Force Generation at Directorate of Peacekeeping in Army Headquarters, Military Assistant of Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Force Commander in Darfur and Deputy Chief of Staff Training and Operation at Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja.

Prior to his posting to the Nigerian Defence Academy as Registrar, he was the Chief of Staff in 3 Div Jos. His academic qualifications include Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry, Postgraduate Diploma in Management from ABU Zaria; Masters in International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy; Master of Science in Strategic Studies from University of Ibadan and currently undergoing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in Nasarawa State University, Keffi. He is also an Associate Member of National Institute of Management. Brigadier General Jallo is married and blessed with 5 children. He enjoys reading and jogging.

Dr Umar Lawal

Academy Librarian

Nigerian Defence Academy



Prof YA Umar

Dean, Postgraduate School

Nigerian Defence Academy



Professor Yahaya Abdullahi Umar holds a BSc degree in Zoology, MSc and PhD degrees in Veterinary Parasitology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State – Nigeria. He joined the services of the Nigerian Defence Academy as a Graduate Assistant in 1990 and rose to the rank of Professor.
He has held many administrative positions among which include Head of Department, Biological Sciences (2011 -2012); Head, Academic Planning Unit (2012 – 2015); Head, Research Monitoring and Coordination Office (2016 – 2017); Deputy Dean, Postgraduate School (2017 – 2018). In addition, Prof Umar has served on many academic and non-academic Committees in the Academy. He was appointed Dean of Postgraduate School, NDA on 1st November, 2018.
Professor Yahaya Abdullahi Umar has attended many local and international Conferences/ workshops, and has to his credit over 50 journal publications in referred journals.
Prof Umar is a member of Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria (PPHSN), Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN), Genetic Society of Nigeria (GSN), among others. He is married with children.