Benin, March 10, 2017 (TNE): Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, former military and civilian governor of the defunct Midwest and Bendel is dead.
Mr Sam Ogbemudia Jr, confirmed the death of his father to journalists at the deceased’s residence on Friday in Benin.
He said his father died on Thursday at a private hospital in Lagos at the age of 84, adding that he would miss everything about his father.
He said his father taught him almost everything in life, from childhood to adulthood.
Ogbemudia said: “I learnt so much from him. He was a wonderful man. I will miss everything about him.
Samuel Ogbemudia was born in Benin City in 1933 and attended Benin Baptist School (1941–1945), Government school, Victoria in the Cameroons (1945–1947) and later, Western Boy’s High School, Benin City (1947–1949).
Before his involvement in politics, with the restoration of democracy in the country in 1999, he had joined the Nigerian army in 1957 and had his training at Teshie, Ghana as well as at Netheravon and Salisbury Plain in England (1957).
His military career also took him to the officer cadet school at Aldershot, England in 1960, where he was commissioned as second lieutenant in 1961.
He attended the United States army special welfare school at Fort Bragg, South Carolina in 1962.
Ogbemudia served with the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Congo for 16 months in Tanzania in 1964 and was appointed an instructor to the Nigerian Military School, Zaria the same year.
Ogbemudia was appointed Military administrator of the defunct Mid-West State in September, 1967 and promoted to Lt. Colonel on Oct. 26,1967.
Ogbemudia initiated programmes of urban development, education, public transportation, housing and commerce and built the Ogbe Sports Stadium, now Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
His military administration was also credited with the establishment of the University of Benin, among others.
He was elected Governor of the defunct Bendel in August 1983 on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) (TNE)