Commodore Mustapha Bala Hassan is a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Nigerian Navy in 1993. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria (1992) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Electrical Electronics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife, Nigeria (2004). He also holds a Masters of Art Degree in International Relations from the University of Ghana (2006) and Masters of Science Degree in National Security and War Studies from the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2015). He is currently a PhD student at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The military courses attended by Commodore Hassan include the Officers’ Long Course in Nigeria, where he graduated as a communications specialist in 2003. He did his Senior Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, from 2005-2006. Commodore Hassan did his National Defence Course in 2014 at the National Defence University Islamabad, Pakistan.
Some appointments held by Commodore Hassan include Directing Staff at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College Ghana, Chief Instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Nigeria, and Commanding Officer Nigerian Navy Ship NWAMBA. He was also the Deputy Command Operations Officer of the Central Naval Command in Nigeria and was subsequently appointed the Deputy Director Maritime Domain Awareness at the Naval Headquarters Abuja. He was subsequently appointed the Director of Joint Maritime Operations of the Naval War College Nigeria. Commodore Hassan is currently the Director of Curriculum and Programmes Development at the National Defence College Abuja.
Commodore Hassan’s hobbies include travelling, golfing and sailing.