Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas was born on 27 September 1960 in Nko, Cross River State, South South Nigeria. He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of 26 Regular Course on 20 June 1979 and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant on 1 January 1983. The Chief of the Naval Staff began his primary education at Nko Primary School, Nko in 1966 and completed at Big Qua Primary School, Calabar in 1971. He then proceeded to the prestigious Hope Waddell Training Institute Calabar from 1972 to 1976. Between 1977 and 1979, he attended the School of Basic Studies Ogoja before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1979.
MILITARY COURSES ATTENDED AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Admiral has attended several military courses at home and abroad including the Sub-Lieutenant Technical Course at INS VENDURUTHY in India from April 1983 to May 1984 and Primary Pilot Training at the 301 Primary Flying Training School at Nigerian Airforce Base in Kaduna from April 1986 - October 1987. He proceeded to the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna in January 1990 and completed the Junior Staff Course in June of the same year. In July 1992, the Admiral reported at the Amphibious Warfare School of the United States Marine Corps University in Quantico USA and graduated with a Diploma in Amphibious Warfare in May 1993. In February 1994, Vice Admiral Ibas commenced the Officers’ Long Course specializing in Under Water Warfare at the Underwater Warfare School, NNS QUORRA and completed same in February 1995. From August 1996 to July 1997, he returned to the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji where he completed the Senior Staff Course with excellent grades. He is also an alumnus of the National Defence College Islamabad Pakistan having attended the National Defence Course from August 2005 to June 2006. In addition he holds a Master’s Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-I-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Vice Admiral Ibas has held several appointments in the Nigerian Navy. As a Midshipman, he served onboard NNS RUWAN YARO, NNS OBUMA and NNS ARADU. He later served onboard NNS AYAM and NNS EKPE as a watch keeping officer after he was commissioned Sub- Lieutenant. He was to later become the Executive Officer of NNS SIRI, NNS EKUN and NNS AMBE between July 1993 and August 1996 as a Lieutenant Commander. He was the Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Navy Under Water Warfare School from August 1997 to September 1998 and thereafter, the Commanding Officer of the Forward Operating Base IBAKA from September 1998 to June 2000. Due to his outstanding performance on the Senior Staff Course, he was appointed as a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji from June 2000 to June 2002. He later returned to the College in January 2009 as the Director of the Department of Maritime Warfare a position he held until November 2010. His last sojourn in the College was as Deputy Commandant from January to February 2014.
The Admiral was the Naval Provost Marshal from April 2003 – June 2004 and was later the Principal Staff Officer to the then CNS from June 2004 – Jul 2005. He was the Command Operations Officer at the Headquarters Western Naval Command, Lagos from June to December 2006 and from December 2006 to January 2009, he was the Commander of the Naval Air Base, Ojo. The senior officer was later appointed Chief Staff Officer at Headquarters, Naval Training Command, Lagos from September 2010 to March 2011. In recognition of his versatility in staff duties and administration, the senior officer was appointed to the Naval Headquarters first, as the Chief of Administration from March 2011 to February 2012 and later as the Navy Secretary from February 2012 to January 2013. Thereafter, he became the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command from January 2013 to January 2014. He was appointed Chief of Logistics in February 2014 and then the GMD/CEO of Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited in December of the same year. This was the appointment he held until he was appointed the 20th Chief of the Naval Staff on 13 July 2015.
Destined for greater heights, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas has always been promoted as at when due in all ranks. He was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant on 1 January 1983 and promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 28 June 2010 and elevated to the rank of Vice Admiral with effect from 13 August 2015.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
In the course of a distinguished service in the Nigerian Navy, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas has earned several prestigious awards including the Silver Jubilee Medal, ECOMOG Medal, Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star and the General Service Star. Others are the Passed Staff Course (DAGGER) and a Fellow of the NDC.
The Admiral holds the membership of several reputable professional organizations such as the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and the Nigerian Institute of Management. Vice Admiral Ibas has also attended some seminars and exhibitions at home and abroad. He attended the 25th International Homeland Security Exhibition and the 3rd International Exhibition for Operational Units in Tel Aviv, Israel in June 2011. In August 2012, he also attended the London International Leadership Course in London, England. He was in United States of America in January 2013 for a Capacity Development Course at Harvard Kennedy School, thus making him an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School in the USA. The senior officer was at Naval Dockyard, Lagos in February 2013 to attend a Naval Engineering and Logistics Seminar.
The senior officer enjoys reading, watching documentaries and playing golf.
Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas is a practicing Christian who is happily married to Mrs Theresa Ibas. The marriage is blessed with children.