Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP)

1.      Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Oche Anebi was born on 21 October 1963 at Kaduna and hails from Ajebge – Aume, Ohimini LGA of Benue State. He is a Christian. He enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in 1981 as a member of 30 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He commenced his flying training         at 301 Flying Training School Kaduna and later proceeded to Air Force Academy Hyderabad, India in June 1986. He successfully graduated in June 1987 and was awarded pilot 'wings'. He underwent Tactical Training on the Alpha Jet at 99 Air Combat Training Group Kainji. Thereafter, he attended both the Junior and Senior Staff Courses at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.  In addition, he attended the following courses; Instructor Pilot Course at 303 Flying Training School Kano, Flight Safety Officers Course at Pakistan Air Force Base Masroor, Karachi, FT-7 Conversion at the PLAAF Flight Test and Training Institute, Cangzhou China, National Defence College Abuja (NDC Course 18) and MSc in Strategic Studies at University of Ibadan.

2.      He served as the Detachment Operations Officer NAF Detachment RIA, Monrovia and was the Officer Commanding A Squadron, 303 Flying Training School Kano and later Acting Commanding Officer of Basic Flying Training Wing Kano. He was the Chief Flying Instructor, Tactical Fighter Training Wing Kainji and later the Commanding Officer.  He was the Commander 75 Strike Group Yola from March 2012 to February 2015 under OP ZAMAN LAFIYA.  He was at various times the SASO Training Command, Director of Production Defence Headquarters and Director of Operations. He is presently the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans Defence Headquarters and a member of the NEMA Council representing the Armed Forces of Nigeria. He also represented the Defence Headquarters on the Board of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos.

3.      The very Senior Officer has contributed immensely to national development through his 14 Years Service as a Qualified Instructor Pilot and Weapons Instructor at both the Basic and Advanced Flying Schools where he contributed immensely in the training of about 50 pilots for the NAF.  He also doubled as a Ground Academics Instructor thereby imparting academics training on Student Pilots at both schools.  As the Commander 75 Strike Group Yola he combined his command responsibilities with active flying duties and was able to mentor a new set of combat pilots for the NAF.  His tenacity, courage and sacrifice are exemplary and he displayed exceptional gallantry through the execution of many successful attacks on Boko Haram strongholds in Sambisa, Gwoza, Bama, Mubi, Baga, Allagarno and Damboa.  During one of such flights, his aircraft was hit by BHT Anti-Aircraft Gun fire but he recovered the aircraft and landed safely. One of the most outstanding contribution of the very senior officer was in repelling the attack on the Nigerian Air Force Base in Maiduguri on 3 December 2013. The senior officer led a formation of Alpha Jets to dislodge the Boko Haram Terrorists who had gained access to the Base and set 3 helicopters on fire. He repeated a similar feat during a second attack on the Base on 26 December 2014 and inflicted heavy casualties on BHT.

4.      He is a distinguished fighter pilot and Qualified Weapons Instructor with 1900 command hours, and has flown 500 combat sorties. He has flown the following aircraft types: Bulldog 123, Kiran MK I and MK II, Alpha Jet, L-39ZA and F-7NI.  The senior officer has two major research works to his credit viz National Disasters and Emergencies: Nigeria State of Readiness, as well as Global Warming and National Security: Challenges for Nigeria.  He is a lover of nature and ardent believer in the sustenance of our environment for future generations.  He is happily married and blessed with 3 lovely children.  His hobbies are reading, watching nature and playing golf.


Organogram and
structure of the
Nigerian Air Force

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