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Breaking: Retired Major-General David Ejoor is dead

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Major-General David Ejoor, who once served as Governor of Mid-Western State of Nigeria, is dead.

Until his passing, he was a retired Nigerian Army officer who served as Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

He was the first Nigerian Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy and was once administrator of the now-defunct Mid-Western Region.

Ejoor was Governor of the Mid-Western State of Nigeria, during the Biafra Civil War.

Born January 10th 1932 in Ovu, Delta State, Ejoor served as Governor of Midwest state from January 1966 to August 1967.

He then served as Chief of Army Staff from January 1971 to July 1975.

Major-General Ejoor was the oldest and most senior Nigerian Military Officer alive.

Commissioned in 1953 as a Second-Lieutenant, his army number is NA17 after Lieutenant-Colonel Victor Banjo (NA16).

He was the first Nigerian Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy and was the first military governor of the now-defunct Mid-Western Region.

As Lieutenant-Colonel, Ejoor escaped death during the January coup of 1966 and took an active part in quashing the coup first in Lagos and then in Enugu where he was the Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, Enugu.

Ejoor is the first Urhobo man to join the army. He was acting President General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) from 1998 to 1999.

He was retired compulsorily by General Murtala Mohammed, after the latter had become Head-of-State, with the rank of Major-General on July 29, 1975.

 

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