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The outbreak of civil hostilities in Nigeria in 1967 necessitated the creation of additional divisions of the nation's army. At the heat of the battle, a unique army division was formed, and was given a name that was synonymous to its terrain of operation. That Division was the "3 Marine Commando" . It was first put under the command of a young army officer, Lt Col BAM Adekunle, popularly known as "Black Scorpion" . However, the Division has since changed its name and has been christened "3 Infantry Division" , and in 1975, it was again renamed "3 Armoured Division" . As at the year 2002, it has been commanded by 21 General Officers Commanding.
1.

Lt Col BAM Adekunle FSS psc

Jul 67-Aug 67

2.

Col BAM Adekunle FSS psc

Aug 67- May 69

3.

Col O Obasanjo FSS psc

May 69- Jan 72

4.

Col TY Danjuma FSS psc

Jan 71-Dec 73

5.

Brig Gen EO Abisoye FSS psc

Jul 75-Jan 76

6.

Maj Gen EO Abisoye FSS psc

Jan 76-Aug 78

7.

Brig Gen MM Remawa FSS psc

Aug 78-Jan 79

8.

Maj Gen GS Jalo JSSC NDC

Jan 79-Oct 79

9.

Maj Gen GO Ejiga FSS psc

Oct 79-Nov 81

10.

Brig Gen M Buhari FSS psc

Jan 84-Aug 85

11.

Brig Gen S Ibrahim FSS psc fwc

Jan 84-Aug 85

12.

Maj Gen JN Dogonyaro FSS psc Mss

Sep 85-Dec 87

13.

Maj Gen G Duba FSS psc Mss

Jan 88-Jan 90

14.

Maj Gen DO Diya FSS psc mni

Feb 90-Sep 90

15.

Col AI Olurin FSS psc mni

Oct 90-Jan 93

16.

Brig Gen AI Olurin FSS psc mni

Oct 90-Jan 93

17.

Brig Gen AM Daku MSS psc (+)

Jan 93-Sep 93

18.

Brig Gen TA Olarewaju MSS psc (+) NDC

Sep 93-Mar 95

19.

Maj Gen LA Onoja MSS psc (+) mni

Mar 95-Apr 96

20.

Brig Gen A Dada MSS psc (+) mni

Apr 96-Oct 96

21.

Brig Gen PG Sha DSS psc mni

Nov 96-Sep 97

22.

Brig Gen PG Sha DSS psc mni

Oct 79-Mar 99

23.

Maj Gen E Archibong DSS psc (+) mni

Mar 99-Jul 99

24.

Maj Gen TS Akande CON DSS FSS psc (+) Msc

Jul 99 - Feb 02

25.

Maj Gen Owonibi DSS psc GSM fwc Msc

Feb 02-Feb 03

26. Maj Gen D Dyaji Feb 03-17 Jan 05
27. Maj Gen I A Dikko 17 Jan 05- 09 Jul 06
28. Maj Gen JOS Oshanupin 10 Jul 06-Date

Maj Gen JOS Oshanupin
 
 
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