The new Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Ibe Nicholas who hails Umuaku in Alaeze Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State was born on 12 June 1962 to the family of Chief and Lolo Nicholas Ibe in Kaduna.
He attended LEA primary school, Gwari Road Kaduna from 1971-76 and later proceeds to Federal Government College Kaduna from 1976-1981 where he obtained his General Certificate of Education and West Africa Examination Council results.
He gained admission into Nigerian Defence Academy in 1983 and graduated in 1986 as second lieutenant and posted to the Armoured Corps.
He has served in several units which include 211Battalion, 231Battalion, 21 Brigade, Nigerian Battalion 13 Economic West African Monitoring Group, Nigerian Battalion 4 United Nations African Mission in Darfur, Nigerian Army Armour School and Headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, Headquarters Training Doctrine and Command, Army Headquarters, Defence Headquarters and Headquarters 23 Brigade and Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven as Commander.
Gen Nicholas operated effectively well around the Lake Chad Basin as a young officer when he was deployed as the Officer Commanding, in that general area. Gen Nicholas also served in Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji and National Defence College Abuja as a Member of Directing Staff.
He also held several appointments which include platoon commander, company commander, adjutant, staff officer grades 1 and 2, instructor, Commanding officer and Brigade and Special Task Force Commander.
He was also a deputy director in charge of veteran affairs in Ministry of Defence, Chief of Civil Military Affairs Army Headquarters, and Commander Operation Safe Haven, Jos.
He has attended several courses which include Young Officers Course, Platoon commander, and support weapon courses, Instructors’ Course, junior and senior staff courses, higher defence management at National Defence College.
He also attended several courses in peace keeping operations, Disaster Management and commanded a Nigerian Battalion in Darfur under United Nations African Mission in Darfur from 17 Mar 08 – 26 Nov 08, where he received commendation from the United Nations as the most outstanding commander in the field at that period.
His decorations include DSS FCM GSMH FCMH CM psc (+), fdc + PGDM MBA MSc CPA CAN ECOMOG and UNAMID medals among several others. He also has attended several seminars which include those on Disaster Management and International Forum on Challenges in PSO.
He was the Head of the Experts and Strategic Team for Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic that produced the enriched working documents and communiqué signed by the Heads of States for the operationalization of the Multi National Joint Task Force.
He is also a resource person to Lake Chad Basin Commission on the fight on insurgency in the Region.
Major General Nicholas has two master degrees from Universities of Ibadan and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi and a post graduate degree in Public Admin from University Jos.
He is also a fellow of Charted Public Accountant of Nigeria and member Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (Certified National Accountants). General Nicholas speaks Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, English and some French Languages.
He has travelled across the 5 major continents of the world and has visited several countries. Gen Nicholas also designed the current emblem used for Armed Force Remembrance Day Celebration.
The new Theatre commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE is married to Mrs. Evelyn Nicholas and blessed with 3 boys and a girl.
His hobbies include reading, watching nature and people, sports and creating new ideas.