MOHAMMED SHUWA [known in Borno as Mamman Shuwa] was a Nigerian Army Major General and the first General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division. He also served as Commander 5th Battalion, Kano.
MOHAMMED was Born on 1st September 1939. Educated at Barewa College and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Shuwa commanded the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division during the Nigerian Civil War. He attended Kala Elementary School (1946-1947), Bama Central Elementary School (1948-1950), Bornu Middle School (1950-1952), and Barewa College, Zaria for his secondary education (1952-1957). He was classmates with Gen. Murtala Muhammed at Barewa and at subsequent military institutions. He also a classmate with Illiya Bisalla, and Ibrahim Haruna, Shuwa joined the Nigerian Army on September 19, 1958 and pursued his preliminary cadet training at the Regular Officers Special Training School in Teshie, Ghana.
In July 1961 after completing officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant
What He did during 1966 mutiny
Then Lt. Col Shuwa was Commander of the 5th Battalion in Kano during the Nigerian Army Mutiny of July 1966 where many Igbo military officers were systematically murdered by their northern counterparts for what the northern officers perceived as retribution for the January 15, 1966 coup (which was led by mostly Igbo officers). Shuwa’s deputy at the 5th Battalion, then Major James Oluleye took the initiative by asking his company commanders to lock up the battalion armory and hand over the armory keys in Olulye’s armory safe. As a result of Shuwa and Oluleye’s leadership, the lives of many Igbo officers during the July mutiny were saved.
Gen. Shuwa was murdered in his Maiduguri home on November 2, 2012 by suspected Boko Haram militants