Former governor of old western region, Adeyinka Adebayo, dies at 89

Former governor of old western region, Adeyinka Adebayo, dies at 89
March 08 15:45 2017

Former governor of old western region, General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd), is dead.

His eldest son and former governor of Ekiti state, Adeniyi Adebayo, confirmed that his father died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 89 of Wednesday.

Adebayo was born in 1928 in the present-day Ekiti state and joined the West African Frontier Force in 1948 as a regiment signaler.

He later completed the Officer Cadet Training Course in Teshie, Ghana from 1950 to 1952 and after passing the War Office Examination for Commonwealth cadets in 1952 and the West African qualifying examination in 1953, he was commissioned as an officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) as the 23rd West African military officer with number WA23 and 7th Nigerian military officer with number N7

Adebayo also attended the Staff College course in Camberley (Surrey) in 1960 and the prestigious Imperial Defence College, London in late 1965 where he was the only African officer.

He was the chairman of the committee on the reconciliation and integration of the Ibos (Biafrans) back into the Nigerian fold.

Before his death, he was chairman of the Yoruba Council of Elders.

Another of sons, Adesola Adebayo, was the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Ekiti state in the Dr Kayode Fayemi led administration from 2010 to 2014.