Lt-Gen Joshua Nimyel was a retired Nigerian Army officer and was born on September 12, 1940 in Vom, Plateau; married, has children.
He attended Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, 1964-67, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Armour Officers Course, USA, Armoured Car Troop Leaders Course, UK, Command and Staff College, Jaji, Defence Resources Management Course, USA, National Institute for Policy and Suategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
He enlisted in the Nigerian Army, 1964 and was commissioned Second-Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and was moved to the Armoured Corps, 1967; General Dogonyaro rose steadily in the officers cadre, as he continue to prove his mettle as a career officer. He was Officer Commanding, 1 Recce Squadron, NA, between 1967 and 1969; Quartermaster General, I Infantry Division (Main),1969-70; Chief Instructor and Adjutant, Rece Training School, NA, 1970-72; Commanding Officer, I Recce Regiment, NA., 1972-76; Principal Staff Officer, Headquarters, Nigerian Army Armoured Corp, 1976-77; Commanding Officer, 24 Armoured Brigade, NA., 1977-79; Task Force Commanding Officer, 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace-keeping Force in Chad; Director of Manning (Army), Army Headquarters, ‘A’ Branch, N.A, 1984-85, and Director of Armoury, 1985;General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division, N.A, Jos, 1985-87; mm: Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC), 1985; General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division, N.A, Ibadan, 1987;promoted Major-General, 1988; Promoted Lt. General; former ECOMOG Commander; retired in 1993; Passed Staff College (PSC); mm. National Institute (mni). nd: Forces Service Star (FSS).


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