Commodore Victor Dabess Choji
Commodore Victor Dabess Choji was born on 10 October 1972 in Jos, Plateau State to the family of late Mr Vincent Gwott Choji and Mrs Margaret Chundung Choji of Zawan District of Jos, Plateau State. He attended St Luke’s Primary School, Jos from 1979 to 1984 for his elementary education. Thereafter, he proceeded to St Joseph’s College Vom, near Jos from 1984 to 1990 where he obtained the West African School Certificate. The senior officer commenced his military training on 16 August 1991 as a member of 43 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was commissioned to the rank of Sub Lieutenant in the Nigerian Navy on 16 September 1996. Cdre Choji has attended several courses, amongst which are the Midshipman Training at Nigerian Naval College Onne as well as the Sub Technical Course and Officers Long Course at NNS QUORRA; specializing in Communications. He also attended the Junior and Senior Staff Courses at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Nigeria and the Young Officers Course (Intelligence) at the Nigerian Navy Intelligent School Apapa.
In the course of his career, Cdre Choji also attended the Defence Intelligence Officers Course at the Defence Intelligence College and Counter Intelligence Course at the Pakistani Defence Services Academy Islamabad, Pakistan, National Security Seminar organized by Galilee Institute of Management as well as Strategic Intelligence training at the Peace Centre Ankara, Turkey. He also participated in the Judicial Aspect of Countering Terrorism Training organized by US National Guard and Strategic Communication Course for Counter Terrorism at the Centre for Excellence, Ankara, Turkey. Cdre Choji was also a participant in the Strategic Leadership Course organized by Cranefield University UK and Strategic Defence Studies at the National Defence University Islamabad, Pakistan. The senior officer holds a Diploma in Special Operations for Countering Terrorism from the Special Operations University McDle Florida, USA and a Masters of Art Degree in Maritime Security from the Coventry University UK and a Masters of Science Degree in National Security and Strategy from National Defence University Islamabad, Pakistan. He is an associate Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
Cdre Choji has served onboard the following ships and establishments: NNS ENYIMIRI and NNS AMBE as Watch keeping Officer and Watch Keeping Duty Officer. He was at different times, the Ship communication Officer onboard NNS BARAMA and Executive Officer onboard NNS OBULA as well as the Commanding Officer of NNS DAMISA. Cdre Choji also served at NNS QUORRA on different occasions as Instructor, Chief Instructor and Commanding Officer of the Communication School. He was at one time the Base Intelligence Officer of the FOB IBAKA.
The senior officer was also the Admin officer Navy House Lagos and SO3 Cadet Brigade Nigerian Defence Academy. He also served as SO1 Analysis and Production at the Defence Intelligence Agency and SO1 Operations at the Directorate of Naval Intelligence as well as the Command Intelligence Officer, Eastern Naval Command and the Executive Officer NNS PATHFINDER before his current appointment as Directing Staff at the Naval War College Nigeria. In addition to his current duties, he is also the Acting Director of Personnel Management and Administration and also,the Director of Leadership and Management Studies in the College.
Cdre Choji is married to Mrs Cynthia Neofilip Choji and blessed with 3 children. He loves travelling, playing football and golf, jogging, photography, music and socializing.
The Naval War College is the highest naval training institution in Nigeria. It was built to boost security in the maritime sector, as well as enhance the capability of naval officers to make sound decisions, both in command and management positions.