ADMIRAL AUGUSTUS AIKHOMU IS DEAD

ADMIRAL AUGUSTUS AIKHOMU IS DEAD

Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, a former Chief of General staff and former Vice President durning General Ibrahim Babangida’s regime is dead. He died on Wednesday 17 August 2011 at the age of 71, the same day General Babangida marked his 70th birthday.
 His death was confirmed at his house on Forcados street, Apapa Lagos.The cause of death, according to what gistmaster gathered is Cancer.
Biography of Augustus Aikhomu- Aikhomu was born in October 1939 in Irrua-Ishan, Edo State.
  He attended Irrua Government School before proceeding to Yaba College of Technology.
Yaba College of Technology 1954 – 1958, Royal Britannia Naval College, Long Gunnery Specialist Course, India and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
 He was the commanding officer, in Shore Patrol Crafts, Commanding officer, NNS Dorina; chief of personnel, Naval Headquarters; Chief of Naval Operations-1983-84 and chief of Naval Staff-1984-1986.
 After Babangida removed Ebitu Ukiwe as the Chief of General Staff, Aikhomu was appointed to that position in 1986.This was due to Aikhomu’s rising profile in the military at that time
He retired in 1991 from the military but he retained the position of Vice President till 1993 when he finally left government alongside Babangida in 1993 after the annulment of the June 12 presidential election.
Aikhomu was very active in politics at the inception of the fourth republic in Nigeria. He was a major financier and leader in the All Nigeria Peoples Party. As he passed away, gistmaster heard many of his contemporaries, friends and national leaders have been sending their words of sympathy.
Adams Oshiomole, the governor of Edo State said in a statement that the state has lost an illustrious son from Esan.
Indeed, Rebecca the wife of the late Admiral Aikhomu would have lost a great husband and friend. Ehime,one of the children of the late admiral have confirmed the death of their father but no statement yet on the burial arrangement.
  -By Niyi Tabiti
  

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