In the News
By Kazeem Akintunde
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Bashir Othman Tofa, businessman, politician, 61, on June 20. Educated at Shuachi Primary School, 1956-1961; Provincial Secondary School, 1962-1966 and City of London College. He is the chairman, International Petrol Energy Limited; chairman, Abba Othman Investment Limited; national financial secretary, defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN, 1979; presidential candidate, defunct National Republican Convention, 1993; he was elected member Constituent Assembly, 1995.
Sam Egwu, former governor of Ebonyi State, 52, June 20. Born in Ezzambgo, Ohaukwu Local Government, Ebonyi State, he was the head, Department of Crop Science, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, and chairman, ESUT Staff School management board. Egwu was chairman-governing council, Girls Secondary School, Ezzamgbo and was a member, Anambra State Central Investment Company.
Sylvester Umaru Onu, justice of the Supreme Court, 70, June 15. Born in Egume, Dekina, Kogi State, he was educated at St. Boniface Catholic School, Idah, 1945-49; Middle School, Dekina, 1950-54; Provincial Secondary School (Abdul-Aziz Attah College) Okene, 1955-58; Government College, Keffi, 1959-60; Legal Wing, Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1961-62; Gibson and Weldon College of Law, 1962-63; School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, 1962-63. He was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, London, 1965; and the Nigerian Bar, 1965; he was magistrate, Kwara Judiciary, Ilorin and later chief magistrate; appointed High Court judge in Benue State, 1984-93; justice, Supreme Court of Nigeria since 1993. Onu was the first winner of Sir Lionel Brett prize as the best student in Criminal Law, Nigerian Law School, 1965.
Julius Remi Adekola, estate surveyor, 58, June 25. Born in Tamale, Ghana, he was educated at Igbo-Ora High School, Oyo State, 1963-67; St. Gregory's College, Lagos, 1969-70; University of Nigeria, Nssuka, 1970-74; University of Reading, Berkshire, England, 1977-78; Adekola was appointed estate surveyor, Onakanmi and Partners, (Estate Surveyors) 1975-77; senior estate surveyor, Onakanmi and Partners, 1978-79; managing director, Julius Adekola and Company Estate Surveyors and Valuers, since July 1984, member, Royal Institute of Valuers and Surveyors, since 1976. Adekola is a fellow, Nigerian Institute of Valuers and Surveyors, since 1986; member, International Real Estate Federation, since 1977; fellow, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, January 1989.
Daniel Folorunso Adene, veterinarian, 64, June 21. Born in Owo, Ondo State, he was educated at Imade College, Owo, 1958-62; Christ School, Ado Ekiti, 1963-64; University of Ibadan and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1965-70; University of Liverpool, UK, 1973-74; he was appointed veterinary officer, Western State ministry of Agriculture, 1970-71; appointed reader in veterinary medicine, University of Ibadan, 1972; registered veterinary surveyor, 1970; Avian (Poultry) medicine specialist, 1974; German Academic Scholar, West Germany,1966-70; Commonwealth Academic fellow, UK, 1981; Fullbright Research fellow, USA, 1985. Adene was a member, World Veterinary Poultry Science Association,1974.
Samuel Kunle Adedoyin, B.Sc, MBA, administrator, 71, June 20. Born in Aiyetoro Gbedde, Kwara State, he was educated at Community School, Aiyetoro, Gbedde, 1956-62; Ochaja Teachers' Training College, 1966-70; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1973-76; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1979-80. Adedoyin was appointed pupil teacher, 1971-73; lecturer, Kwara Polytechnic, 1977-80; appointed general manager, Kwara Investment Company, Ilorin, 1980; chief executive officer Doyin Group of Companies.
Ethelbert Emeka Okwaranyia, former member, House of Representatives and former chairman, Ideato South Local Government Council, 46, June 29. Born in Urualla, Ideato, Imo State, he was educated at Holy Rosary Primary School, Abukwa, Ideato, 1975; Holy Ghost Juniorate, Ihiala, Anambra State, 1981. He attended Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia, USA, where he obtained B.A and M.A degrees in Philosophy, 1983-1988. He was graduate assistant, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. He obtained M.A Theology from the Spiritan International School of Theology, Enugu. After his National Youth Service Corps in 1992, he joined Spera-In-Deo Limited. He was manager and later general manager. He was secretary-general, Rice Millers Association Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. He is member of the Order of Knight of Saint John International. He holds the traditional title of Akaekpuchionwa, Ideato.
Madam Regina Abeke Onolaja, on Wednesday, June 4, at her Efunarija Street residence, Agric in Ikorodu after a brief illness. She was aged 94 years. She is survived by Yetunde Macauley and Dele Onolaja. She will be buried on Friday, August 22, in Lagos.
Pastor Philip Ogunlaru, a retired staff of Nigeria Postal Service, NIPOST. He died on May 27, at the age of 72 years. He is survived by a wife and children. He was buried on Friday, June 20, in Ijebu Ajebo in Ogun State.