Former governor of Western Region Gen Adeyinka Adebayo is dead

​BREAKING: Former Western Region Governor Adeyinka Adebayo is dead

The former governor of the now defunct Western State of Nigeria , Robert Adeyinka Adebayo , is dead .

Family sources said the 89 – year- old died in his sleep.

The late Adebayo became governor after Col . Francis Adekunle Fajuyi ’ s death in the 1966 coup d’ état, ruling from 4 Aug 1966 to April 1971 .

Adebayo was born in 1928 , the son of a Public Works employee from Iyin Ekiti , near Ado Ekiti , Ekiti State , Nigeria .

He was educated at All Saints School , Iyin- Ekiti , and later attended Eko Boys High School and Christ ’ s School Ado Ekiti . He joined the West African Frontier Force in 1948 as a regiment signaler and later completed the Officer Cadet Training Course in Teshie , Ghana from 1950 to 1952 .

After passing the War Office Examination for Commonwealth cadets in 1952 as well as the West African qualifying examination in 1953 .

He was commissioned as an officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force as the 23 rd West African military officer with number WA 23 and 7 th Nigerian military officer with number N7 after completing the War Office Cadet Training in Eaton Hall , England .

He later attended the Staff College course in Camberley in 1960 and the prestigious Imperial Defence College , London in late 1965 where he was the only African officer.
Source: The Punch

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