Breaking: Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya is dead

Former Chief of General Staff under the late Head  of State, General Sani Abacha, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya is dead.

Born 3rd April, 1944, Diya died on Sunday at the age of 79, according to a statement signed by Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.

The statement reads “On behalf of the entire Dina  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.”

Born in Odogbolu, Ogun state, Diya was a Nigerian general who served as Chief of the General Staff, (de facto Vice President of Nigeria) under military head of state General Sani Abacha from 1994 until his arrest for treason in 1997.

He previously served as Chief of Defence Staff and was Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985.


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