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Gamaliel Onosode, administrator, financial and public affairs consultant, 80, May 22. Born in Sapele, Delta State, he was educated at the University of Ibadan. He was executive assistant to the regional controller, Commonwealth Development Corporation, 1960—1961; assistant general manager, Nigeria Housing Development Society Limited, now Federal Mortgage Bank, 1962. He was chairman, Dunlop Nigeria PLC and also chairman of many companies.

Onwuka Kalu, industrialist and philanthropist, 59, May 24. Born in Abriba, Abia State, he was educated in Nigeria. He was assistant company secretary, Chika and Company Limited, 1971-1974, and secretary of the company, 1975-1976. He was also the chairman, Onwuka Inter Biz, Aba, Abia State. a fellow, Institute of Sales Management and associate member, Institute of Business Administration. Kalu was the co-coordinator of the first Made in Nigeria Trade Fair in Aba, in 1982. He was also chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Eastern zone.

Ernest Attah, retired soldier, 60, May 25. Born in Agila, Ador local government area of Benue State, he was educated at Nigeria Military School, NMS, Zaira; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK; Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji; School of Infantry and Tactics, Quota, Pakistan; Amphibious Warefare School, US Marine Corps, US; Command and Staff College, Jaji. Attah was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1972 and was instructor, Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA. He was also military assistant to the late Sani Abacha, former head of state; and military governor of Cross River State, 1990-1991.

Festus Bikepere Porbeni, retired rear-admiral and diplomat, 67, May 28. Born in Bayelsa State, he was educated at Hussey College, Warri, and Government College, Ughelli, where he obtained his West African School Certificate, WASC, and Higher School Certificate in 1964 and 1966 respectively. He also attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna. Porbeni was commanding officer, NNS Aradu, in 1990; deputy commandant, National War College and member, Provisional Ruling Council, PRC, 1994-1995. He also served as chief of defence administration, Defence Headquarters, and later, minister of transportation, 1988-1999.

Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu 

— May 27, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT

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