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The history of the Command Army Records cannot be written without reference to history of the Nigerian Army and the history of the Nigerian Army Finance Corps which was hitherto known as the Nigerian Army Pay and Records.
The need to reduce the problem of pay administration in the colonial Nigerian Army led to the establishment of the District Pay office and subsequent transformation into the Nigerian Military Force Pay Office.  Prior to this period the Records Office was an independent unit but working integratedly with the Pay Office.  By 1 April 1959, merger of the Pay and Record Offices was approved with the name Pay and Records Office.  The established Pay and Records Office had a structure comprising the Officers Accounts Branch.  Other Ranks Account Wing and Record Wing.  On the attainment of Nigerian independence and the Republican status, the need for reorganization become imperative since the Nigerian government became responsible for funding her Army.

However, the partial separation of the Pay and Record Offices dates back to 1971 when the Nigerian Army Accounts Inspectorate was established.  By 1975, the Pay and Records Office became separated finally hence the birth of the Nigerian Army Records Office and Central Command Pay Office.  This separation became effective with the legal establishment of the Records Office under the supervision of an inspector of Army Records at Army Headquarters and the formation of the Nigerian Army Pay Corps.  The posting of Officers and soldiers intergratedly into the Pay and Record Offices was thereafter abolished.  With the approval of the 1979 ORBAT, the Nigerian Army Records remained under the manning dept of the HQ Nigerian Army.  Further reorganization in the NA that led to the 1984 ORBAT created the formation of Record Offices without a central headquarters for coordination of their activities.  The ORBAT 1990 however, created the Command and Army Records (CAR) as an autonomous command under the supervision of AHQ DOAA.  With the relocation of the Army Headquarters from Lagos to Abuja, the Command Army Records eventually relocated from Apapa Lagos to its present location in Lokoja.  The pioneer commander of CAR was Lieutenant Colonel T Oyedele.  Brigadier General EE Eyo is the present Commander.



1 Advising the COAS on all matters concerning NA soldiers’ records
2 Maintaining close liaison with DOAA on all matters concerning soldiers’ records.
3 Keeping records of soldiers, warrant officers and officers.
4 Implementing all policies regarding manpower development of soldiers and warrant officers a formulated by DOAA.
5 Liaison with Corps commanders, Directors and DADP on maintenance of soldiers’ records.
6 Provision of information in conjunction with DADP for manpower development for NA
7 Providing secretariat for selection and promotion of soldiers and warrant officers.
8 Honours, Awards and Medals for soldiers and warrant officers in liaison with DOAA.
9 Maintaining confidential reports of warrant officers and soldiers.
10 Any other task that may be given by the COAS/COA (A) from time to time.


          Command Army Records (CAR) is organised to give effective coverage of all divisions and AHQ in line with ORBAT 1990.  The Command is however implementing the ORBAT 1996 in phases as the full complements of its new structure is deficient of the Department of Automated Data Processing which is still located in Lagos.  The command is presently working to improve its efficiency to correct all known and observed lapses in the discharge of assigned responsibilities.  HQ CAR coordinates the job of all the Field Record Offices (ROs).  The following organic units are co-located with HQ CAR:

Documentation Wing (Docus)
Army Records Office (ARO)
Army Statistic Office (ASO)
Officers’ Documentation Department (ODD)
Warrant Officers’ Documentation Department (WODD)
Central Documentation Department (CDD)

          The activities of all these departments are coordinated by HQ CAR which serves as a clearing house for the Field ROs and departments.  All discharges/death benefits from Field ROs and departments are processed to HQ CAR where they are cross cheeked and authenticated by Comd before being forwarded to MPB for necessary actions.

          The Field ROs are: 1 RO Kaduna, 2 RO Ibadan, 3 RO Jos, 81 RO Lagos, 82 RO Abakaliki, TRADOC RO Bida and ICCS RO Jaji.  The roles of Field ROs include the keeping and maintenance of service documents of soldiers (SSgt and below) serving in formations/units in the divisions where they are located, while TRADOC RO is in charge of all personnel of NA Training Institutions.  They also process discharge/death benefits of soldiers, postings and vet promotions recommendation accordingly.  ICCS RO which is newly created operates like any of the field ROs but in charge of Infantry soldiers – SSgt and below.


Brig Gen EE Eyo

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