Patrick Okedinachi Utomi, political economist, 57, February 6. Born in Kaduna, Kaduna State, he was educated at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, and Indiana University, Bloomington, United States. He was special assistant to Alex Ekwueme, former vice president; deputy managing director, Volkswagen of Nigeria; chairman, Patito Communications Limited, and Utomap Holdings Limited; director, Lagos Business School. He was presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, in the April 2007 presidential elections.
Olusoji Akinrinade, former editor-in-chief of Newswatch, 62, February 8. Born in Yakoyo, Osun State, he studied in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States. He was an assistant features editor, The Punch, from 1980-1981; features editor, The Punch, 1981-1982; deputy editor, The Punch, 1982-1983; assistant editor, Sunday Concord, 1983-1984; associate editor, Newswatch, 1984-1985; senior associate editor, 1986-1987; general editor, 1987-1991. He was appointed executive director, Newswatch in 1991. Before his appointment as editor-in-chief of Newswatch in 2010, he was deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine. Akinrinade is a member of many professional associations such as the Commonwealth Journalists Association, CJA; Society of Professional Journalists; Commonwealth Press Union, CPU, and Journalists’ Association for Minorities, JAM, USA, among others. Akinrinade retired alongside other directors from Newswatch Communications Limited in May 2011. He is one of the directors of MayFive Limited, Lagos.
Adeniyi Adebayo, legal practitioner, businessman and former governor of Ekiti State, 53, February 4. He was educated at the University of Lagos. He is a senior partner, Adebayo, Mohammed, Adewumi and Audu; director, Okitipupa Oil Palm PLC; chairman, Magnificent Interiors Limited. Adebayo, who was the first executive governor of Ekiti State, is also the Asiwaju of Ikogosi in Ekiti State.
Hamidat Doyinsola Abiola, BA, MA, Ph.D. journalist and administrator, born February 1,1946, Lagos, married to late Aare Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, in 1982. She was educated at Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, 1958-1963; University of Ibadan, 1969; University of Wisconsin, USA, 1972, State University of New York, USA, 1975-1979. She was the women’s editor, Daily Sketch, 1969; feature editor, Daily Times of Nigeria Limited, DTN; Lagos; member, editorial board, DTN, Lagos; editor, National Concord, 1980; managing director and chief executive officer, Concord Press of Nigeria Ltd; Ikeja, since 1985. First Nigerian Essenhower Fellow, 1986; member, NUJ, member Nigerian Guild of Editors; member, African Communication Association. She was the first Nigerian female editor of a National Newspaper.
Victor Nwaugo, lawyer, community leader, and national legal adviser, Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, 50, February 6. A native of Umuokpuruka, Umuezegwu, Ihitte Uboma local government area, Imo state, he was educated at Osusu Primary School, Ehime Mbano, 1978; Madona High School, Etti, Imo State, 1978-1980; Community Secondary School, Ikenanzizi, Obowo, 1981-1983; Imo State University, Okigwe, 1985-1989; Nigerian Law School, Lagos, 1990. He was a member, NBA, Aba branch ; committee on review of bills to amend Act establishing INEC and other acts. He is chairman, committee on fake NBA members, Aba branch. He is also member, National Executive Council, NEC, of NBA.
Ogbonna Okechhukwu Onovo, former inspector general of police, 60, February 7. Born in Enugu, Enugu State, he was educated at Transport School, Abeokuta, 1960-1966; Izzi Boys High School, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, 1967-1971; Mary Knoll College, Ogoja, Cross-River State and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, 1973-1976. He was appointed assistant superintendent of police, 1977; commander, Police Mobile Force Squadron, 1980-1984; assistant force secretary, 1986; commissioner of police, Edo State, 1994-1996; commissioner of police, Ogun State, 1997-1998; chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, 1999-2000. He was appointed inspector general of police in 2009 and retired in 2011.
Compiled by Augustine Adah
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