Death is an unavoidable part of life; it is a debt that every human owes to the natural world. As a result, prominent Nigerians left the world in the outgoing year, just as they did every other year. However, unlike last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for roughly 70% of all deaths worldwide, this year the virus was responsible for fewer deaths, owing to the fact that many countries have taken steps to combat its spread. Despite the fact that the pandemic appeared to peak in many countries, including Nigeria, in the first three months of the year, the number of deaths caused by the pandemic began to decline as the year progressed. GBENGA ADERANTI examines notable people who died in the previous year as a result of COVID-19 infection-related complications or other causes.
One of the first set of the prominent Nigerians to succumb to the claws of death in the outgoing year was a former vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Before his death on January 3, 2021, he had also functioned as the Vice Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The former VC was also the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of Council, the Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.
The Osun born engineer who was arguably one of the most popular UNILAG VCs, died at the age of 69.
For those who watched the detective film, Charlie’s Angels in the 1980s, Tanya Roberts would definitely ring a bell. She acted as one of the angels in the said film.
Roberts also appeared in one of the James Bond films, A View to a Kill, in 1984.
Roberts died on January 4 at the age of 65 years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, USA.
Reports said she died from a urinary tract infection that developed into sepsis.
Folake Aremu a.k.a Orisabunmi
A veteran Yoruba actress and former wife of popular Yoruba actor and film producer Jimoh Aliyu, MFR, Mrs. Folake Aremu, popularly called Orisabunmi, died on January 5, 2021.
Her film producer husband died about four months earlier on September 17, 2020.
Orisabunmi was a native of Olla in Kwara State.
She died at her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State at the age of 60.
Aminu Isah Kontagora
Former military administrator of Benue and Kogi states and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in 2015, Col. Aminu Isah Kontagora, was one of the prominent Nigerians that passed on early in the year.
He was said to have died on January 10 as a result of complications resulting from COVID-19 infection.
He was reported to have died at a health facility in Abuja.
A former National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) chieftain and former Military Administrator of Imo and Lagos states, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu died on January 13, 2021.
He died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 77 after a brief illness.
In 1975, he was the only Igbo appointed into the Supreme Military Council (SMC), the highest decision making organ of the military administration at the time, before it was dissolved by General Olusegun Obasanjo when he assumed office as the head of state in 1976.
Although he fought on the Biafran side during the civil war, he was reabsorbed into the Nigerian Army at the end of the war in 1970.
Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Jubril Martins-Kuye, passed on in his Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State on January 17, 2021.
Martins-Kuye served as a minister during the Goodluck Jonathan administration between 2010 and 2011when the latter completed the tenure of the late President Umar Yar-Adua.
Before his death, Martins-Kuye also served for many years as the Aare Musulumi of Ogun State.
Twice he made attempts to become the governor of Ogun State, first on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during the General Sani Abacha-led military regime and later as a candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999.
Joe Erico, one of Nigeria’s finest coaches, died on January 21.
Born Joseph Erico, he once coached popular Lagos football club, Julius Berger, before he later became a goalkeeper trainer for the Super Eagles.
He was an apostle of ‘Jogo Bonito’ – an aesthetic football philosophy that is based on the tip-tap playing pattern similar to that of Brazilian Samba.
He died at the age of 72.
Until his death, Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger) of the Cable News Network (CNN) was arguably the most popular talk show host in the world. He died on January 23, 2021 at 87 years.
His programme on CNN, Larry King Live, was reputed for hosting countless newsmakers around the world. For more than 25 years, he interviewed presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people.
He retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show.
He was in the hospital for one week managing COVID-19 before he eventually passed on.
Abdullahi Ibrahim, a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice was the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria from the northern part of the country.
He also served as Minister of Education before his death on Sunday January 24, 2021.
He died on January 14, ten days after he celebrated his 84th birthdays.
Nollywood actor, Ernest Asuzu, was one of the finest young talents to have come out of the entertainment industry in Nigeria.
However, at the time he died on January 26, he was gradually departing from the industry.
He was alleged to have fainted in the evening of that and never woke up.
In 2015, he was down with a stroke that affected his speech.
He was also bedridden for three years before he passed on at the age of 37.
Prince Tony Momoh
Prince Tony Momoh, a journalist, was one of the allies of President Mohammadu Buhari in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
He had served in the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida as Information Minister between 1986 and 1990.
Known in many circles as a Buharist, he was a prince and member of the Momoh royal family in Auchi, Edo State.
He was also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos.
In January 2011, he became the National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC, one of the “legacy parties” that merged to form the now ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Momoh died on February 1, 2021 at the age of 81.
Leon Spinks, the athlete who won an Olympic gold medal and later shocked the boxing world by beating the famous Muhammad Ali to win the world heavyweight boxing title in only his eighth pro fight, died on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the age of 67.
Spinks, who lived his later years in Las Vegas, USA, reportedly died of cancer.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande
Consummate politician and former Lagos State governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande a.k.a. Baba Kekere, died on February 11.
He had reigned as the governor of Lagos State between 1979 and 1983.
He was reputed as a diehard disciple of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on account of which he was nicknamed Baba Kekere (younger Awolowo).
Before his death on February 11 at the age of 91, he served as the Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime between 1993 and 1998.
Former Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Abdullahi Dikko died on February 18, 2021
The ex-Customs boss was a recipient of two national honours, namely Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) and Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR)..
He served as the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) between August 2009 and August 2015.
Reports said he died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Abuja, two months after returning from abroad where he had gone to receive treatment.
He had left office as the Comptroller-General of NCS after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as President.
Born on May 11, 1960 in Musawa town, a local government area in Katsina State, Dikko joined the Customs service in 1988.
Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki
Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki served as Minister of Communication and later as Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports during Gen. Muhammadu Buhari-led military administration between 1983 and 1985.
He later became the Military Administrator of Kwara State between 1987 and 1988.
He died on February 20, 2020 at the age of 61.
Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu
Chief of Naval Administration Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu (rtd), younger brother of former military Vice President Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd), died on February 25, 2021.
He was until his death the Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a company his late brother was said to have founded with businessman Captain Hosa Okunbo.
He was also a member of the federal government’s investigative panel on arms procurement between 2007 and 2015.
Aikhomu died at the age of 65 years due to what was described as COVID-19 complications.
Bunny Wailer, the last surviving member of the legendary reggae group, The Wailers, died at 73, on March 2.
The other members of the group were Peter Tosh, Bob Marley
Bunny Wailer, born Neville O’Riley Livingston, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and percussionist.
The Wailers achieved international fame with reggae classics like Simmer Down and Stir It Up, before Wailer left to go solo in 1974.
Sadiq Daba, was one of the prominent figures in the TV series Cock Crow at Dawn was where he played the role of Bitrus.
The veteran broadcaster and actor died on March 3, 2021 after a long battle with leukemia and prostate cancer.
For many years, he was a staff of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
Daba won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in a movie called Inspector Waziri.
Sadiq Daba was an indigene of Kano State, but he grew up in Sierra Leone. He returned to Nigeria when he was 15 years old and attended NTA/TV College.
He was a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he bagged a degree in Mass Communication.
He died at 83.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson Yinka Odumakin’s death came to many as a rude shock.
He died on April 3 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) as a result of complications resulting from COVID-19 infection.
Known for his activism, he was until his death the publicity secretary of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political group.
He also participated in the struggle for the enthronement of democracy shortly after the annulment of the June 12 election won by the late MKO Abiola.
He was a member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), the body at the forefront of the struggle for the de-annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.
DMX Earl Simmons
Prominent Afro-American actor and musician DMX was born Earl Simmons.
He died on April 9 in Westchester County, New York at age 50.
He was one of the biggest selling rappers.
DMX was alleged to have died of cocaine-induced heart attack that caused a lack of blood circulation to his brain at his home in New York.
He was in jail for about 30 times in his lifetime, one of which was his one year sentence for tax evasion at the federal correctional institution in West Virginia.
In 2000, DMX served a 15-day jail sentence for possession of marijuana.
He served another jail sentence in 2001 for driving without a license and possession of marijuana. His appeal to reduce the sentence was denied. Rather, he was charged with assault for throwing objects at prison guards.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, was until his death the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
He was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years.
On 16th February after feeling unwell he underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s.
In March, the duke left King Edward VII’s hospital in central London after a month-long stay for treatment.
He passed away on April 9 at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.
Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale
Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale, was the 42nd Vice President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, under President Jimmy Carter.
He died on April 19, 2021.
Mondale was the Democratic candidate for President in 1984.
Described as a “flexible liberal,” Mondale won election to the Senate in 1966 and reelection in 1972.
He was a key participant in the negotiations between Egyptian President Anwar el-Sādāt and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin that resulted in the Camp David Accords. The Carter-Mondale ticket was defeated for reelection in 1980 by Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
It was a big relief for those who were opposed to the Chad’s longtime autocrat leader, Idriss Déby when he died on April 20.
Déby 68, who was aiming for a fourth decade in power, died from what the government called wounds sustained at the battlefront in war with rebels.
He ruled Chad with iron fist for three decades.
General Ibrahim Attahiru
Lt-General Ibrahim Attahiru was until his death on May 21 the Chief of Army Staff, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26.
Attahiru died in a plane crash alongside other military officers while they were on their way to the passing out parade of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
The crash was said to have been caused by ‘inclement weather’.
Many would remember him for his onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast in 2017.
He died three months to his 55th birthday.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former political adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, was shot dead on his way from Owerri to the airport to catch a flight back to Abuja.
The late politician from Adamawa State was once the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, former national co-ordinator of the Goodluck Support Group (GSG) and former governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He died on May 30 at 56 years.
Nobody imagined that the death of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, could come in such a sudden manner.
The popular televangelist died on June 5 after he was alleged to have suffered a stroke two months before his death.
Earlier, he was said to have been flown to Turkey for treatment.
Although he was very popular beyond the shores of Nigeria, many Nigerian preachers did not feel comfortable with his style of preaching.
For instance, the pastor of the Household of God Church, Chris Okotie, was a consistent critic of T.B. Joshua’s brand of Christianity.
Known for his prophecies and healing services, the late prophet was widely sought after by Nigerians and foreigners for healing miracles.
During the Ebola outbreak, he claimed that his ‘anointing water’ could cure Ebola, and he sent bottles of the water to Sierra Leone which was battling an outbreak of the disease.
In 2014, Joshua was enmeshed in a controversy when a building within the headquarters of his church in Lagos collapsed, killing at least 115 people, mostly foreigners.
One of the patriarchs of the movement for independence in Africa and Zambia’s founding father, President Kenneth Kaunda died at Maina Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka on June 17 aged 97.
Kaunda ruled Zambia as President for 47 years, having assumed office when Zambia gained its independence from Britain.
Before his death, he was being treated for pneumonia.
Born Olanrewaju Fasasi, Sound Sultan, a Nigerian musician, died in the United States on Sunday, July 11.
Aged 44, he was said to have died of cancer.
His relative, Kayode Fasasi, said in a statement that Sound Sultan passed on after a “hard fought battle” with the ailment.
He was a famous Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter notable for his R&B, hip-hop, reggae and afrobeat songs.
He played the role of Rotimi, a lawyer in the popular comedy movie, Flatmates.
Capt. Hosa Okunbo
Billionaire businessman Captain Idahosa Okunbo, popularly known as Captain Hosa, died in London on August 8 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Born on January 7, 1958, Okunbo trained as a commercial pilot and was the Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited.
A source said the late billionaire had pegged March as his likely month of passing, but he fought harder and stayed five more months, hoping that the hour would pass him by.
It would take a long time for the Foursquare Gospel Church to forget the impact of its former General Overseer, Wilson Badejo, on its fortunes.
The flamboyant and erudite clergyman engraved Foursquare in the minds of many as its general overseer.
Badejo died on August 7 at the age of 74 after a brief illness.
He served as the church’s G.O. between 1999 and 2009.
Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas
Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas founded Kool & the Gang in 1964 alongside several teenage friends, including brothers Robert “Kool” and Ronald “Khalis” Bell, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West.
He was known for his dexterity as an alto saxophone player, a flutist, a percussionist as well as master of ceremonies at the band’s shows.
His group, Kool & the Gang, was the rave of the moment during their active days between the 1970s and 1980s.
A statement issued by the band said Thomas died peacefully in his sleep in his New Jersey home on August 7
He was aged 70.
Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of the late activist lawyer Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, died on August 11 at the age of 52 after a brief illness.
Mohammed reportedly died from COVID-19 related complications.
Like his father, he was a social crusader. Even on his wheelchair where he reportedly spent 19 years, he was still active speaking against the excesses of government and its agencies.
He was a lawyer of great repute who participated in and managed more than 200 cases at all levels of the judiciary.
Despite his delicate health status, he played an active role in civil society circles and also imparted positively on humanity.
He was laid to rest beside his paternal grandmother in Ondo.
Foremost Nigerian civil servant and elder statesmen, Ahmed Joda died at 91 on August 13.
A recipient of three national honours, OFR, CON, CFR, he belonged in the class of the highly influential group known in the Aguiyi-Ironsi and Yakubu Gowon regimes as Super Perm-Secs in the old Northern Region, and later at the federal level
His contemporaries included the late Allison Akene Ayida, Chief Philip Asiodu and Alhaji Musa Daggash.
He was a board member of both Nestle Foods Nigeria PLC and Northern Nigeria Flour Mills.
Joda died in Yola, the capital of his home state, Adamawa.
Senator Ibrahim Mantu was once the Deputy Senate President, having represented Plateau Central in the Senate.
He died at the age of 74 on August 17, 2021 due to COVID-19 complications, in a private hospital in Abuja after nine days in isolation.
Mantu was elected Deputy Senate President in 2003 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a position he held till 2007 when he did not return to the Senate.
He hailed from Gindiri District in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau and worked in various establishments before joining politics.
Chief Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of the late Nigerian Head of State, Maj-Gen. J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi, died at the age of 97.
She was said to have died peacefully on August 23.
Her husband and the Supreme Commander of the National Military Government was assassinated on July 29, 1966.
Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, never re-married after the death of her husband.
Victor Uwaifo, one of the best Nigerian musicians who combined music with academics, was born on March 1, 1941, and was best known as a musician, writer, sculptor, multi-instrumentalist and a university lecturer.
He had a PhD in music and was a lecturer.
His music titled Joromi won him the first gold disc in Africa (he also won other gold discs for ‘Guitar boy’, ‘Arabade’, ‘Ekassa series’ and ‘Akwete music.’
He was recognised as Nigeria’s most educated performing music legend and artiste with a PhD in architectural sculpture.
He died on August 28 shortly after celebrating his 80th birthday in March.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika was Algeria’s longest-serving president from 1999 to 2019.
He died September 17 at age 84.
For many years, he had a battle with his health.
After suffering a crippling stroke in 2013, Bouteflika quit the limelight. In 2014, he earned the nickname of “the phantom president” when he was elected for a fourth consecutive term – without even appearing in person on the campaign trail.
Bouteflika was a dominant figure in Algerian politics for more than six decades. He was named minister of youth and sport when he was only 25 years old.
A year later, in 1963, he became the world’s youngest minister of foreign affairs; a record that still stands.
Obadiah Mailafia, was one of the vocal figures from the North Central part of the country. The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) died on September 19 after a brief illness. He was 64 years old.
Mailafia was until his death a member of the African Democratic Party.
He once courted trouble from the Department of State Services (DSS) over an allegation that one of the northern governors was the leader of Boko Haram.
Mailafia was alleged to have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) owing to underlying diseases.
Chike Akunyili was the husband of the late former Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) boss, Dora Akunyili, was killed September 21 in Anambra State, alongside his police escort and driver.
The governors of the Southeast spoke in one voice, condemning the killing of their illustrious son.
Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, blamed “invaders” for the attack on Akunyili. He announced a N20 million reward for useful information on his killers and asked security agencies to speed up efforts to find the attackers.
IPOB was fingered as being behind the killing, but the secessionist group denied the allegation.
The late Akunyili was laid to rest in Agulu, Anambra State.
The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church, South Korea’s and one of world’s biggest churches, was regarded as the symbol of the post-war growth of Christianity in the country.
He died on September 14 at the age of 85.
He had cerebral hemorrhage in July 2020 and since then had been hospitalised in Seoul, the nation’s capital, where he was being treated. He later died at Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea.
Yonggi started his church in Seoul with five worshippers in 1958, when South Korea was still struggling to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Under his leadership, the church achieved explosive growth and became a symbol of the rapid growth of Christianity in what was then a deeply Confucian country.
Ladi Rotimi-Williams, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and son of Nigerian legal luminary, Rotimi- Williams, reportedly died in the early hours of Sunday, October 3.
He was the principal partner at Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams Chambers (CLRWC), a law firm based in Lagos.
He founded his law firm to provide a variety of legal services to individuals, private corporations and public sector organisations.
His early working life was spent at his father’s chambers, Rotimi Williams Chambers, and he was a major contributor to the success of the renowned chambers.
Born on December 1, 1946, the legal icon, who would have clocked 75 in December, according to the family, “leaves a legacy of integrity and service to humanity, the legal profession and the nation at large.”
Colin Powell was the first black secretary of state of the United States of America. He died at age 84 on October 18.
According to the late Powell’s family, although he was vaccinated, his death was caused by “complications from COVID-19.”
Powell was a trailblazing soldier and diplomat. He rose to the rank of four-star general in the US Army.
Any time the issue of building collapse is mentioned in Nigeria, the name of Femi Osibona, the managing director of Foursquare Homes, will surely reverberate.
He had at different times built high rising buildings in different parts of the world, including South Africa.
Osibona, a businessman who loved his country and believed in his people, wanted to prove a point that his exploits in other parts of the world could be replicated in Nigeria.
Unfortunately, it backfired. The 21-storey building he was developing in Ikoyi part of Lagos did not only collapse, he also died in it alongside scores of other victims.
Nomthi Odukoya, South African wife of the televangelist, Taiwo Odukoya, died on November 9. She died after battling cancer for two years.
“With deep regret and gratitude to God, I have to announce the passing of my wife, Pastor Nomthi Odukoya,” Pastor Odukoya said in a statement on his Instagram page.
Apparently, none of the church members suspected that she was battling with a terminal disease until they learnt about her death.
A report said she was active and full of vigour the last time she led a praise worship in the church.
Frederik Willem de Klerk
Frederik Willem de Klerk was the last white apartheid president of South Africa. Through him, certain reforms were made which permanently altered African history.
The reforms eventually culminated in self- rule for South Africa. FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye on November 11 at 85 years, following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.
The former president left a final apology in a video message released after his death, for the pain inflicted on non-white ethnic groups during the apartheid era.
Babtunde Omidina a.k.a. Baba Suwe
Babatunde Omidina a.k.a. Baba Suwe dominated the Yoruba version of Nollywood home video for many years.
He beat a retreat after he was arrested by the Nigerian anti-drug agency the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He was briefly detained by the NDLEA over an allegation of drug trafficking.
The allegation was described as false and defamatory and ever since he was released, he could not make it back to his first love, acting.
Baba Suwe for about 10 years managed a partial stroke. He eventually died on Monday November 22. He was 63 years old.
Popularly known as “Butcher of Gwangju,” Chun Doo-hwan, South Korean ex-dictator ruled with maximum force and crushed every opposition with maximum force and brutality.
Chun took power in a coup after the 1979 assassination of strongman Park Chung-hee.
He was president from 1980 to 1988. He died on November 23 in his home in Seoul at the age of 90.
Chun remains among South Korea’s most reviled figures.
In 1996, he was convicted of treason and condemned to death.
Former Chief of Army Staff, Mohammed Wushishi, died on December 4 at a London hospital at the age of 81.
The late general was the chief of army staff in the Second Republic when Shehu Shagari was the president.
Bolarinwa Babalakin, the father of Chairman of Bi-Courtney Group of Companies, Wale Babalakin, passed on in the early hours of December 4 in his country home in Gbongan, Osun State. He was 94- years- old.
Bolarinwa was an ex-Supreme Court Judge.
Former US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole Died at 98 on December 5.
According to a report, Dole was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer earlier this year and was said to have commenced treatment.
Bob Dole was a US Senator and Republican presidential candidate.
Dole served as a US senator for Kansas for nearly 30 years.
Soun of Ogbomosho
The traditional ruler of Ogbomosho, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewunmi Ajagungbade 111 died in the early hours of Sunday December 12 at the age of 95 years.
He reigned for 47 years after ascending the throne on October 24, 1973.
Former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Hussaini Akwanga, was born on March 3, 1944.
He served under ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003.
He died on 17 December, at the age of 77 after battling with a protracted illness in his country home Akwanga, the headquarters of Akwanga Local Government of Nasarawa State.
The former Minister, a professional teacher, was sacked by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In 2017, the former minister was kidnapped in his farm in Kurmin Tagwaye village near Akwanga. He was released two days later after paying a ransom.
Credit : The Nation
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