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BREAKING: General Joshua Dogonyaro is dead

Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (Retd), the Minister of Defence during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida [IBB], (Retd), is dead.

His son, Joseph Dongoyaro, broke the news to journalists Thursday morning.

Dongoyaro Jr. wrote: “Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention.

“Unfortunately, early this morning of Thursday, around 3.00am precisely, he breathed his last and died.

“His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family.

“We are going to miss his love and warmth as a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and supporter.”

He said the corpse has been deposited at the Air Force hospital mortuary and that the family will release funeral details soon.

Quick Bio

Dogonyaro was born on September 12, 1940 in Vom, in Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

He was also Minister of Defence in Late General Sani Abacha’s regime.

He attended Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri and enlisted in the Nigerian Army in1964.

He was commissioned Second-Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, 1967; Officer Commanding, 1 Recce Squadron, NA, 1967-69; Quartermaster General, I Infantry Division (Main), N, 1969-70.

He played a critical role in the coup that ousted then General Muhammadu Buhari in August, 1985.

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