ARMY GENERAL WHO PARTICIPATED IN 1966 COUNTER-COUP DIES @ 82

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FORMER ARMY GENERAL WHO PARTICIPATED IN 1966 COUNTER-COUP DIES @ 82

A former Nigerian Army general, who at different times served as military administrator of Sokoto and Bauchi states, is dead. Garba Duba, who hailed from Niger State, died at 82.

Former senator for Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, announced Mr Duba’s death in a Facebook post on Friday.

Mr Sani further explained that the retired lieutenant-general; died on Friday and his remains were interred at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.

He served as military governor of Bauchi State under the Olusegun Obasanjo military regime between 1978 and 1979 and military administrator of Sokoto State under Muhammadu Buhari’s regime from 1984 to August 1985.

Mr Duba, as a young officer, participated in the counter-coup of 1966 in which Nigeria’s first military Head of State, Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, was killed.

He joined the army as a cadet officer at the Nigerian Military Training College, Zaria in 1962 as a coursemate of Ibrahim Babangida, who overthrew Buhari in 1985. Mr Duba was also trained at the Indian Military Academy.During the Nigerian Civil War, he was a Captain and commanded an armoured unit.

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