Tunde Jonathan Ogbeha, retired soldier, administrator and politician, 67, September 1. Born in Lokoja, Kogi State, he was educated at Maiduguri Primary School, Maiduguri; Nigerian Military School, Zaria, 1962-1967; Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna, 1967-1970; he also attended several military courses in Nigeria and abroad including the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, 1987. He was enlisted into the army and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1970, and thereafter held various command and staff appointments. Some of the appointments included defence adviser, Nigerian High Commission in Zimbabwe; military governor of Akwa Ibom State, 1987-1989;and old Bendel State, 1989-1990. He was elected senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, 1999-2007.
Tamunoemi David-West, professor, educationist, administrator and virologist, 78, August 26. Born in Buguma, Rivers State, he was educated at St. Michael’s School, Buguma; Kalabari National College; University College, Ibadan, 1956-1958; Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 1958-1960; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, 1960-1962; Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada, 1964-1966. He was appointed lecturer, University of Ibadan; senior lecturer, University of Ibadan; consultant virologist, University College Hospital, 1969; commissioner for education and member of the executive council, Rivers State, 1975-1979. He was a member, governing council, Bendel State University, now Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, and Delta State University, Abraka, 1980; member, World Health Organisation, WHO, expert panel on virus diseases. David-West was appointed minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources by General Muhammadu Buhari, the then military head of state, in 1984.
Olusegun Patrick Odegbami, engineer, ex-footballer and sport journalist, 62, August 27. Born in Lagos, he was educated at St Theresa’s Boys Primary School, Jos, 1958-1965; St Mulumba’s College, Jos, 1966-1970; the Polytechnic, Ibadan, 1971-1972, and 1974-1976. He was appointed project engineer, Edison Group and Partners, 1977-1978; assistant technical officer, Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service and Western Nigeria Television, Ibadan, 1972-1973. Odegbami started his football career with the Housing Corporation Football Club of Ibadan, 1972-1973; played with Western Rovers Football Club, 1973; player, Shooting Stars Football Club, 1974-1984; player national team, Green Eagles, 1976-1982; director, Complete Communications Limited. Odegbami has won many medals, including Third Best Africa Player, 1977 among others.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Sep. 1, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT