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Abacha’s deputy, Oladipo Diya, dies at 79

FORMER Chief of the General Staff, Lt Gen Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd), is dead.

The ex-military administrator passed away at age 79 in the early hours of today, according to his son, Prince Oyesinmilola Diya.

Born on April 3, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Generals Buhari and idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha.

The statement from the family, signed by his son, Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, reads:

“On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; We announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.”

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