|Preceded by Akanbi Oniyangi|
Preceded by Gibson Jalo
Name Domkat Bali
|Preceded by Brig. M.I. Wushishi|
Succeeded by Sani Abacha
Years of service 1961–1990
Service/branch Nigerian Army
|Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst|
Education Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Similar People Mamman Jiya Vatsa, Jeremiah Useni, Buka Suka Dimka, Tunde Idiagbon
Born 27 February 1940 (age 80)
Died 4 December 2020 (aged 80)
Domkat Yah Bali (27 February 1940 - 4 December 2020) was a retired four-star General of the Nigerian Army. He was Minister of Defence and member of the Supreme Military Council of 1984-1985, and the Armed Forces Ruling Council of 1985-1990. Bali joined the Nigerian Army in 1961 and was a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Domkat Bali was born in Langtang, Plateau State to the family of Hassan Bali Tabut and Yinkat Bali. He had his primary education at Mban, Langtang and from 1955 to 1960, he attended the provincial secondary school at Kuru. He undertook further military courses at Camberley, London.
He entered Nigerian Military Training College in 1961 and in 1964, he was a lieutenant and troop commander. Bali became captain a year later in 1965. In 1966, he was battery commander and during the Nigerian Civil War, he was a regimental commander. He was made major in 1968. Between 1970 and 1971, Bali was commander, Corps of Artillery and later became a colonel at the Second Infantry Division in Ibadan. In 1973, he was posted to Akure as the commander of the 9th Infantry Brigade, he was adjutant general Nigerian army in 1975, commander Corps of Artillery in 1976 and in 1978, he was the GOC of the First Infantry Division, Kaduna. Prior to becoming Defense Minister in 1984, he was Commandant of the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College from 1981 to 1983 and later director of army training and operations.
He resigned from the army on January 10, 1990 after President Babangida took over his post as minister for defence. He was a board member of HFP Engineering, builders of Victoria Garden City and later took up farming as a hobby.
Bali died on December 4, 2020.