About the Commandant






Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade was born on 18 March 1961 at Oyin Akoko in Ondo State, South Western Nigeria. After an outstanding Primary and Secondary education, he proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as a member of the 27 Regular Course between 1980 – 1983.


The Senior Officer attended several military institutions amongst which are Indian Navy Ship VENDRUTHY, Cochin, India for Sub Lieutenant Technical Course
from 1984 - 1985, Nigerian Navy Ship QUORRA, Apapa, Lagos for Long Navigation and Direction Course in 1990 as well as the Nigerian Naval College Onne, Port Harcourt for Principal Warfare Officers Course in 1997. Rear Admiral SI Alade attended the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji for the Junior and Senior Staff Courses in 1991 and 1996 respectively where he graduated as the Best All Round Naval Student in Senior Course 19. The Senior Officer similarly trained at the Maritime Warfare Centre, the United Kingdom for the International Joint Operations Planning Course and National Defence College, New Delhi, India in 2002 and 2008 respectively.


Rear Admiral Alade attended Civil institutions which include the University of Lagos, Akoka Lagos where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Masters of International Law and Diplomacy in 1992 and 1998 respectively. It is pertinent to state that he topped the class in the latter. He studied at the University of Madras, India where he bagged a Master of Philosophy in 2008. The senior officer also attended the Strategic Management and Leadership Course at Chattam House London in 2012.


Admiral Alade began his career in the Nigerian Navy as a Watchkeeping Officer on various patrol boats and ships. He has held many command and staff positions which include Watchkeeping Officer onboard various Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS) which include NNS BRASS, NNS ENYIMIRI and NNS ARADU. He was the Flag Lieutenant to the Chief of the Naval Staff and Navigating Officer onboard NNS AMBE. The Senior Officer’s managerial skill was brought to bear even as a young officer. Accordingly, he served as Commander of Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation from 1985 – 1986 covering Apapa zone which comprised present day Apapa, Lagos Island, Ajeromi, Orile, Amuo-Odofin and Boundary areas of Lagos State. On 2 occassions, the Senior Officer participated actively in the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Operations in Liberia/Sierra-Leone. He was also a Military Observer in the United Nations Mission in Rwanda from 1994 – 1995.


Being a reliable staff officer, he served as Naval Assistants to the Minister of Employment, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Defence Intelligence Service between 1986 and 1989. Also, he was Staff Officer (SO) Grade II Training, SO1 Training and later Director of Plans at the Naval Headquarters Abuja. Additionally, Rear Admiral Alade was the Commanding Officer of NNS EKPE and Executive Officer of NNS EKUN. He was also the Principal Staff Officer Coordination Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna after previously serving as Commanding Officer of Mogadishu, Abyssinia and Burma Battalions of the Academy. Also, the Senior Officer served as the Chief Staff Officer at the Eastern Naval Command Calabar. As a professional seaman and erudite scholar, who is always willing to impart knowledge, he was a member of Directing Staff, Chief Instructor and later Deputy Commandant at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji Nigeria at various times. Furthermore, it is not supprising therefore that the Senior Officer was also a member of the Directing Staff of the prestigious National Defence College Abuja, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command Apapa Lagos and Chief of Navy Transformation at the Naval Headquarters Abuja at different times. He is presently, the Commandant of the National Defence College Nigeria, the highest strategic military training institution in Nigeria.



The Senior Officer has contributed significantly to the development of the Nigerian Navy and Nigeria at large. He was a member of the Presidential Committee that reviewed the National Defence Policy 2015 where he was given a letter of commendation by the then Honourable Minister of Defence for his meaningful contributions. He also took part in the Conference that reviewed the status of the African Integrated Maritime Security Strategy 2050 in South Africa in May 2015 and participated actively in the Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Conference at Lokoja Nigeria in 2014. Between September and October 2015, he represented the Chief of the Naval staff at the Offshore Patrol Vessel Conference held in Rome. In addition, he was instrumental in the fight against the notorious Crude Oil Theft (COT) in Lagos area where he formed OPERATION AWATSE Joint Task Force to address the menace of COT, traffic congestion and armed robbery in the State. The Senior Officer facilitated the current MoU between the Armed Forces Command and Staff College and NIM in 2013 as Dy Comdt of the School. Additionally, he made meaningful contributions at the African Union (AU)/United Nations Office for the Coordinatioin of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Roundtable 2015 at the Centre for Research and Strategic Studies of the National Defence College Abuja and Naval Training Command Training Seminar 2016 held at Apapa in December 2015 and March 2016 respectively. He was also a lead Participant at the African Diplomatic Briefing in London on capacity building for open source intelligence and intelligence management process in March 2016.


Rear Admiral Alade was at the workshop on Partnerships in Training and Capacity Building in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding at the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), Egypt as a distinguished Resource Person in July 2016. He delivered a lecture on Training and Capacity Building for an Evolving African peace and Security Architecture: Staying Ahead of the Culve at the workshop. The Admiral also led a team from Nigeria to the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in September 2016 where he recommended a wide range of changes to Peace Support Operations and training worldwide. Similarly, he led a delegation from the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Africa Military Education Programme Annual Training Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2016. Rear Admiral Alade was also a lead participant both at the Challenges Forum Workshop in Bali Indonesia in November 2016 and the Senior Mission Leaders Course for UN Peacekeeping missions commanders at NDC Nigeria in December 2016.



Rear Admiral SI Alade is decorated with the Forces Service Star, Meritorous Service Star, Distinguished Service Star and General Service Star. His awards also include Staff Course Dagger, Distinguished Fellow of the National Defence College Nigeria, Distinguished Alumnus of National Defence College New Delhi India, Fellow Nigerian Institute of Management and Fellow Chartered Institute of Shipping Nigeria.



The senior officer is married and blessed with 4 children. His hobbies are playing golf, researching and socialising.