UPDATED: Treacherous Politician Godwin Daboh Adzuana Dies

Godwin Daboh Adzuana
By SaharaReporters, New York

One of Nigeria's most dangerous politicians, Godwin Daboh Adzuana is dead. Mr. Daboh died on Thursday at the Garki Hospital after a prolonged illness with diabetes.

Mr. Daboh came to national prominence in 1974 when he accused Joseph Tarka, the Federal Federal of Communications of corruption.  In a country where to be in office is to be some kind of demi-god, the allegations of corruption against Mr. Tarka, a fellow Benue man, catapulted the unknown businessman onto the national stage.  Mr. Tarka was forced to resign his appointment.

Daboh, whose allegations were said to have been sponsored by other stalwarts of Benue politics, Paul Unongo and then state governor Joseph Gomwalk, moved on to establish a local newspaper which he said was aimed at sweeping corrupt public officials out of office and frustrate such politicians from being elected.  Its victims, however, described the newspaper as an instrument of blackmail and intimidation.

Nonetheless, Daboh’s business empire began to expand, and he established an office in Lagos Island, within striking distance in 1979, of the Second Republic’s National Assembly, where Joseph Tarka had assumed a new role as Senator of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

It was within that period that Daboh gave up all pretensions of being an anti-corruption crusader as NPN stalwarts brokered peace between he and Tarka in exchange for government contracts.

“He was a shifty, shady man,” said a reporter from The Punch newspaper who interviewed him in 1980 in his Lagos Island office.  “He turned on all kinds of CIA-style audio and video recordings when he thought the questions would all favour him, and then turned them all off when he discovered I was not going to play to a script.”

In the years that followed, Daboh gained reputation as an influence peddler and manipulator, hanging around the offices of top government leaders and party officials seeking contracts.

In a famous case, he spoke in a newspaper interview of how "a former president introduced him to a governor and he was awarded a contract of N1.2billion to supply motorcycles."

Declared Daboh of his exploits: "I went to China and arranged for these motorcycles to be supplied. Thereafter, I made a profit of N650million." 

In the case of his shopping mall complex in Makurdi, he accused State Governor Gabriel Suswam of refusing to issue him a Certificate of Occupancy, thereby waging an economic war against him.  Without the C of O, he said, people were afraid to rent those shops. 

The state government, in turn, declared that one of the conditions for the issuance of a C of O is the tax record of the applicant, suggesting that Mr. Daboh’s records in that regard, which would involve many businesses and vast incomes, were suspect.  

Daboh did not answer that question.  Instead, he drew up a list of many powerful and influential Nigerians and distributed to them copies of an S.O.S. letter urging them to intervene. 

In 2007, Daboh was on the “Ibrahim Babangida for President” bandwagon, swearing that only God could stop IBB from becoming President.   He said IBB had paid for his criminal annulment of the 1992 election by facilitating the election of President Obasanjo.

In 2010, IBB was again a presidential candidate, but Daboh was nowhere in sight, having joined the Goodluck Jonathan for President bandwagon.  He famously advised IBB to disappear from the race or be disgraced. 

IBB, unimpressed, used mutual friends to con Daboh, who was at the time the national president of the Benue State Elders Forum and Deputy Coordinator of Concerned PDP Elders for Jonathan/Sambo 2011,  into an unexpected face-to-face meeting in front of television cameras designed to portray him as a two-faced politician.
IBB then reportedly warned of Daboh, “He would turn against Jonathan even before the end of this year.”

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Now, I don't care much for a

Now, I don't care much for a man like Godwin Daboh but using your column to write such disparaging comments about him is surely the height of cowardice. Neither is much of the information provided here accurate and if Daboh was alive, he could well have taken this website to court, given the highly libellous nature of what you have written.

GOOD NIGHT DR GODWIN DABO

Rest in peace Dr Godwin Dabo Adzuana,i wish u had listened when i told u one month ago to make peace with God and humanity.
fare thee well.

To the Anonymous mallam who

To the Anonymous mallam who said that Benue state is very important to Nigeria, is there crude oil in Benue Plataue? The important states Nigeria cannot do without are all in the South: Oduduwaland, Biafra and South South. This is the fact.

The Benue Saga

Benue state is very important to Nigeria and any thing that happens in Benue should be a subject of good reporting.
Darboh was a man like all successful men of his time, and similar to all who do business or work in Nigeria-dishonest.
I have nothing to gain by telling a lie, Iam a Nigerian too. I left the country due to the extreme level of dishonesty and watering down of all standards.
Even the most sacred things are done at a substandard level. there is no espirit de corp in the military and paramilitary.

Arne Yakubu Gowon did an

Arne Yakubu Gowon did an everlasting damage to Nigeria. He brought in fraud, corruption, and chaos to this country. The crooked entry of Gowon into Dandan Barrack ruined Nigeria forever. May the soul of Daboh rest in peace. Accursed be the mother that gave Yakubu Gowon suck.

To SaharaReporters

To SaharaReporters Admin,
Great job you guys are doing. Keep it up. I think your 'Daboh epitaph' will imapct positively because inspite of our frailties, many Nigerians would still prefer to be positively mentioned when they are gone.
By the way, on an entirely different issue, may be you should consider not publishing annonymous comments. We may have more valuable, truthful and serious-minded comments. Just a suggestion

The only group of pple I know

The only group of pple I know of being treacherous and dangerous are the team at Sahara reporters led by their demi-god, Sowore. Their recent case wit Emeka Ugwuonye has exposed them of being more dangerous than Dabo. To even use those words to describe d dead shows d type of characters are SR. Maybe d deceased was one of those dt refused to pay SR in order to publish good stories about them, those that pay SR 're d saints while others 're treacherous. Junk journalism continues.

daboh's death

Thanks Mr Deri. I like your approach to this issue. All have truly sinned and come short of the glory of God. But you should also know that the wages of sin is death.One cannot dwell in sin and expect the grace of God to abound.Every Politician like Daboh should know that it is appointed to man to die once after it is judgement. They should ask themselves where are they going to spend their eternity. Mr. Deri if your are a politician that lives on what to feed on at the expense of the poor masses in this nation. You'd better have a change of heart otherwise God Judgement will soon come upon all these wicked Politicians. God will not ask you whether you worked with/for IBB or G.E.J period.

DERI YOU SEF DEY MORE

DERI YOU SEF DEY MORE CONTROVERSIAL PASS DABO.

TODAY, YOU BE PREACHER, TOMMORROW YOU BE DIE HARD MAN OF THE WORLD. LA WA FOR YOU O!

ANYWAY, DABO WAS TOO CONTROVERSIAL A MAN. THAT PHASE OF OUR HISTORY IS GONE TO THE BACKSTAGE.

PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO LIVE RIGHT.

DABOH'S STYLE OF POLITICS

YOU HAVE DONE WELL THIS TIME SAHARA REPORTERS. AND I ALSO I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR UPDATE ON THE LEKKI TOLL COLLECTION BY TINUBU AND HIS BOY FASHOLA. WELL, THEY KNOW THAT THIS IS THEIR END OF TERROR IN LAGOS STATE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF DABOHS IN THE NIGERIAN POLITY TODAY. GOD WILL KEEP ON SMITING ALL THEM ONE AFTER THE OTHER INCLUDING THEIR CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS. GODS'S WROUGHT IS ON WHOEVER IS AGAINST THE PROGRESS OF THIS BLESSED COUNTRY NIGERIA.

death of Daboh, glory to SR

Omo-yeye Sowore can't gloat over the death of another man, no matter how badly Daboh lived his life. Who is to say if he had not repented of his "treacherous" ways, and have more evil men before him not died, what silly eulogies did SR offer. Stupid fools who failed at their various career trainings dabbling into half-baked journalism. Hope someone writes of Sowore the way he has written of Daboh, likewise that failed brick layer Rudolf Okonkwo. Motherfucking idiots.

HE STARTED 419

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE WHO STARTED 419 IN NIGERIA.

@cappagh brigade: Re: PLEASE LET US RESPECT THE DEAD.

@@cappagh brigade
Anyone that wants to be respected in death should do good while alive. It is not only those who held political office who damaged Nigeria. The rogues in power had supporters among those not in power and it was people like Daboh, who having been bought with money by those in power, frustrated efforts of people who wanted to hold govt accountable.

If you don't know the history of Daboh, don't bother comment on this story. Soon when IBB expires, u would tell us to respect the dead !!! Daboh was a rogue ! One down, IBB, OBJ, Anenih and Dumbo Jo to go !

DABOH DEAD? ONE MORE DOWN AND OUT.

One of Nigeria's most dangerous politicians, Godwin Daboh Adzuana is dead.

THIS IS A PLAIN TRUTH. HOWEVER, IN ADVANCE COUNTRIES, HIS FAMILY WOULD HAVE DONATED HIS "MEDULA OBLANGATA" (BRAIN) FOR A RESEARCH TO KNOW WHAT MADE HIM TICK. HE WAS INTELLIGENT BUT IN AN UNWHOLESOME MANNER.

What a shameful way to

What a shameful way to remember the dead!

Here lies d man who was used by D regionalist to destory PHC

How did Daboh hold the nation hostage? Was he elected into government? He exposed examination fraud at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in Ogba. Was the first nigerian to fight corrupt ministers in a military government. Yes he had his short comings as a human being. But to insult him in death and use saintly words to describe IBB, is the worst sin on mother earth. He worked his way into surviving in a corrupt, rotten, visionless society-built on greed, regional ideas and the oil rsources of the niger delta ppl. Again, what would we pen on the epitaph of IBB? The man who stole 12.4b, cancelled June 12 elections, killed Abiola and his wife kudirat? Buhari, the general who jailed Tai Solarin and refused to give him his asthma medication? Tinubu described by Ribadu as a global thief? Or that of Boko haram-the sect that murdered a briton and an italian in sokoto? Let us not allow the lynch mentality of Buhari and the regime change visions of Bakare control our regional emotions.

@jj if you daboh me I will tarka you-rest in peace-

How did Daboh hold the nation hostage? Was he elected into government? He exposed examination fraud at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in Ogba. Was the first nigerian to fight corrupt ministers in a military government. Yes he had his short comings as a human being. But to insult him and use saintly words to describe IBB, is the worst sin on mother earth. He worked his way into surviving in a corrupt, rotten, visionless society-built on greed, regional ideas and the oil rsources of the niger delta ppl. Again, what would we pen on the epitaph of IBB? The man who stole 12.4b, cancelled June 12 elections, killed Abiola and his wife kudirat? Buhari, the general who jailed Tai Solarin and refused to give him his asthma medication? Tinubu described by Ribadu as a global thief? Or that of Boko haram-the sect that murdered a briton and an italian in sokoto? Let us not allow the lynch mentality of Buhari and the regime change visions of Bakare control our regional emotions.

Take me back...

Do you remember old yesterday and the famous "IF YOU DABO ME, I WILL TARKA YOU"? How times have changed...

Really?

Who remembers the famous "IF YOU DABO ME, I WILL TARKA YOU".

THANKS SAHARA FOR YOUR UNDILUTED REPORTS!!!!

WE HAVE SO MANY POLITICIANS AND CON MEN LIKE DABOH WHO HAVE HELD THIS COUNTRY HOSTAGE FOR SO LONG,THAT'S WHY MANY ORDINARY NIGERIANS CONTINUE TO LIVE IN PENURY AND ABJECT POVERTY.
IF OUR WORLD COULD BE RIDDEN OF SUCH SHADY CHARACTERS,WE WILL HAVE GOD TO THANK FOR IT..

AS PER THOSE SAYING DON'T TALK ILL OF THE DEAD,WHEN IBB DIES,YOU WILL ALSO SAY THE SAME,AFTERALL,PEOPLE SAID SAME OF ADEDIBU WHEN HE DIED,THE CON MAN AND CULTIST OF OYO POLITICS---"OH BLIND DEAF AND DUMB PEOPLE"..IT IS YOUR PORTION ANYWAY,YOU CANNOT ANALYSE ISSUES LOGICALLY,THAT IS HOW FAR YOUR BRAIN CAN TAKE YOU..ITS YOUR NATURE TO REMAIN IN PERPETUAL IGNORANCE!!!

SAHARA REPORTERS,THANKS FOR YOUR IMPARTIAL AND UNDILUTED REPORTS!!!

Sahara Reporters.

Omoyele Sowore, Rudolf Okonkwo and the gang at Sahara Reporters. You people will not kill somebody with laughter."One of Nigeria's most dangerous politicians" that you used to describe Godwin Dabo is quite harsh if not deliberately comical and hilarious. But honestly, Nigerian Politicians should be worrying now what kind of epitaph Sahara Reporters writes upon their departure.

Daboh was an angel when he

Daboh was an angel when he worked for IBB. But demonized in death because he aligned his thoughts to an Ijaw man-GEJ. Judgement as we were told in the Holy Books belongs to God and not man. Here is a man who even fought against the election of his own daughter. The point being made here is that, we are all sinners-and come short of the glory of the Almighty God. What we need do is to repent of our sins daily and ask the Lord to help deliver us from the many temptations of life. For its sad to describe a dead man, as one of the most dangereous--politicians in 9ja-Unstable man-wld have been preferred. Daboh was never a danger to society when alive-let us learn to respect the dead-What would we pen on the epitaph of IBB then? The man who stole 12.4b, cancelled June 12 and killed Abiola? Buhari, the general who jailed Tai Solarin and refused to give him his asthma medication? Tinubu described by Ribadu as a global thief? Let us not allow our lynch mentality control our native emotions.

This is the kind of death we

This is the kind of death we all should rejoice over. Let us stop acting as if none of us will die. This man is totally corrupt and aided many corrupt politicians. Let us say the truth about him so that other politicians like him will know that even i death they will have no respite from the evil and hardship they created for Nigerians. Its like some one pretending that the death of sponsors of the Boko Haram will not make many rejoice. Please let us stop this pretense. I must say, his dying in Garki Hospital may actual tell us something about this evil man. Hope he received Christ if not, he is even in for a worst time in the beyond!

Godwin Dabor

We all know that death is an inevitable end that will come when it will come,(M A in Julius Ceaser). If Nigeria had had Thirteen of GD and presently has about 37 of GD regardless of the prevaling political and tribal circumstances, may be Nigeria would have fought corruption heads on and won. GD possibly fought a lonely battle against corruption within our national government in 1974 and he won. He later on came back to join the same caliber he fought against. Sustainable reform can only prevail not with an individual, but, when people of like minds who refuse to betray each other's trust and refuse to be bought can come together for a common course,(Civil Rights, ANC. ....). GD played his part and Almighty will judge him now. Which way Nigeria.

EVIL GENIUS WAS DABOH'ED

evil genius is d same as treacherous politician

MAMAMARY = MARYMAMA

stealing by logic and stealing by flattery na d same. IBB 'spent' USD12.4 oil windfall and was Daboh'ed for Jonathan. why him dey vex?

PLEASE LET US RESPECT THE DEAD.

 IGodwin Daboh never held political office and should not be an issue as he never controlled any government votes or money

Please let us allow the distraught family bury this man who never contributed to the demise of Nigeria.

May his soul rest in peace

Truly treacherous and fraudulent

Truly Daboh is both treacherous and fraudulent.
Daboh was an ex-convict.He was charged,tried and convicted of fraud and his appeal to the Supreme
Court was dismissed.His level of moral debauchery had sunken to level of conning and did possessing poor people of their life time earnings.Ask Alhaji Tanko of Ungwar Chediya,Karu LGA of Nasarawa state. His account of how Daboh dishonestly collected
His precious stones and later refused pay him is heart rending.Daboh throughout his life was anything else than honest and decent.For those who believe in the immortality of soul and afterlife judgement,is left for you to imagine his eternal.I rest my case.

Haba, English 101.

Some of these reporters need to go back to school. First paragraph of an article like this should give us full information about the dead man. We don't know his age or if he has any surviving family.
Stop rushing into writting articles if you don't have full information(s). In this age and time, GOOGLE your information. It has nothing to do with "first on our network" information thing.
SR is doing a great job, we need informed information(s).
Thanks.

On a more serious note some

On a more serious note some of the things we got from our forefathers are worth retaining, some need to be modified and the others need to be completly done away with. There should be something that we should leave for our grandchildren, if we just pass down the things that we got from our forefathers verbatim, then it will be correct to say that we did not exist at all and will be a total disappointment to both our forefathers and grandchildren.