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[Nigerian Defence Forces]
by Santiago Tazon, 23 May 2001

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Defence Forces Flag

The Nigerian Defence Forces flag has three horizontal stripes with the same width: red, marine blue and cyan. It is used in a plain version, and also with two concentric circles in the centre containing the NDF badge.

Flag with the badge:
There are two concentric circles covering the three stripes. The central circle is the big one with the badge of the NDF:

  • A centred Cyan eagle with unfolded wings
  • And marking the center two black crossed swords
  • One blue anchor on the bottom.
  • One small red winged symbol on the top

Bordering the central circle, there is another concentric circle, formed by small white circles with a green background (National flag colours).

You can spot the plain NDF flag in any military barracks, all across the country, and they all have their proper walls painted in stripes with the same three colours.

The flag with the badge is less common, but you can always spot it flying at the "Ship House" in Abuja, (it¹s the Ministry Of Defence).
Santiago Tazon, 23 May 2001

This looks like a tri-service flag, with colors standing for (top to bottom) Army, Navy and Air Force.
António Martins, 27 May 2001

Army Headquarters Flag

The Army Headquarters use a flag with three vertical stripes: red, black and red (all with the same width). In the central black stripe there is a yellow eagle with unfolded wings over a six points yellow star (with a shadow 3D effect, as points of NATO star) and over any kind of a small yellow bars/wings symbol. You can spot it flying at National Army Headquarters at Victoria Island in Lagos.

Santiago Tazon, 23 May 2001

Unidentified (Air Force?) Flag

I saw an unidentified flag flying in Lagos. It had a cyan field with national flag (Nigeria) in the canton and a kind of yellow eagle in the center.
Santiago Tazon, 28 May 2001

A wild guess, but this sounds like an air force flag build on the British model.
Jostein Nygård, 28 May 2001

I'd agree with Jostein's guess, however, it is still a guess. Is there any more precise description of the eagle? Does it look anything like the eagle in the crest of the national coat of arms?
Zeljko Heimer, 28 May 2001

I can not describe better the eagle. I only can say that it is a big one, using a big space of the flag.

I saw this flag twice, but both I was inside of a car, and Lagos is not the best place to stop the car, get out and take photos. I can not say either if the building was a military one or not. But sure it was in Victoria Island /Ikoyi areas. These areas have plenty of flags. The main governmental delegations, the federal states representations, foreign embassies/consulates, the bigger hotels and any military offices are in these areas of Lagos.
Santiago Tazon, 29 May 2001

Air Force Fin Flash

[NAF fin flash] by Dov Gutterman and Zeljko Heimer

NAF uses a square national flag as fin flash
Dov Gutterman, 11 Oct 1999

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