A former governor of old Ondo and Oyo states, retired Colonel Ahmed Usman is dead.

Col Usman died about 3.00am on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

His remains has been moved to his village, Okura-Lafia, in Kogi State for burial according to Muslim rites.

Late Usman, who was born in 1951, had series of postings after being trained by the army, including: Second in Command, 192 Battalion, Abak and 141 Battalion, Kano between 1983 and 1985; United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, 1985 to 1986; and Battalion Commander G Amphibious, Elele Port Hartcourt, 1990 to 1991.

Usman was appointed governor of old Ondo State in September 1994, where as governor he installed Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi as the Attah of Ayede Ekiti.

Late Col. Usman as a military governor of Oyo State was deployed to the state in August 1996, at a time of growing discontent about the military regime headed by late General Sani Abacha.

On 12 May, 1997, a bomb explosion in the state capital of Ibadan injured two soldiers and a policeman.

Usman said the perpetrators were cowards. Two people were killed and about 20 wounded at the Lekan Salami Sports Stadium, Ibadan in April 1998, when supporters of the United Action for Democracy, UAD, disrupted a pro-Abacha rally that had earlier been addressed by Colonel Usman.


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