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An erstwhile military governor of Kano State, Dominic Oneya, has died.

The governor, who served between 1996 and 1998, died on Thursday, August 5 at the age of 73 years.

His death was announced on Thursday by Abubakar Aminu Ibrahim, the media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The retired Nigerian Army general was said to have died in his home in Effurun GRA in the Uvwie local government area of Delta State.

During his lifetime, late Onyeya also served as the military administrator of Benue State from 1998 to 1999.

The deceased attended Baptist Academy, Yaba, Lagos from 1962 to 1967, and later enlisted in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 1969, after which he was commissioned in the infantry corps in 1971.

In a related development, Brigadier General Ibrahim Aliyu (rtd), a former military governor of Jigawa State, had been reported dead. He died in Kaduna on Friday, July 16.

The Jigawa State government announced his demise in a press statement by Habibu Nuhu Kila, the special adviser on media to the governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar.

The statement quoted Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State as announcing, with utter sadness, the death of the retired general. The Jigawa State governor described General Aliyu’s death as a great loss to the people and government of the northern state. He said that the deceased sacrificed his life in the service of humanity.

Governor Badaru prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant him eternal rest and give his family the fortitude to bear the loss. General Aliyu served as the military administrator of Jigawa state under General Sani Abacha’s regime.

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