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BREAKING: Oladipo Diya, Former Abacha’s Chief Of General Staff, Is Dead

March 26, 2023

Diya died at the age of 79. 

Oladipo Diya, who was the Chief of General Staff to former military dictator, Sani Abacha, is dead. 

Diya died at the age of 79. 

He was the Chief of the General Staff between 1994 and 1997. However, he was arrested for treason in 1997.

Diya and some soldiers in the military allegedly planned to overthrow the regime of Abacha, and Diya and his cohorts were jailed. He was tried in a military tribunal and was given the death penalty. However, this was overturned after the untimely death of Abacha in 1998 by his successor, Abdusalami Abubakar.

Diya was also the Military Governor of Ogun State between January 1984 and August 1985.
A statement issued by Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family on Sunday announced Diya's death. 

It said, "On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni. 

"Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

"Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.