July 21, 2024

Former Military Governor of Ondo Reportedly Dies of Heart Attack in Abeokuta

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Former military governor of Ondo State (Ondo and Ekiti), Major General Ekundayo Babakayode Opaleye (rtd), is dead.

Opaleye reportedly died of heart attack in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Saturday.

He was military governor from August 1986 to 1987, during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

He took over from late Admiral Mike Akhigbe before handing over to Commodore Bode George.

Opaleye, until his death, was the Balogun of Erunmu, Owu, Abeokuta.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has described his death as a great loss to the state and Nigeria.

Abiodun said late Maj. Gen. Opaleye’s patriotism as a military officer and dedication to duty as an administrator will always be remembered.

“Major General Opaleye’s contribution to our nation, particularly during his tenure as the military governor, will always be remembered. His dedication and service to the people of old Ondo State will forever be cherished. His sudden demise is a great loss to the entire country.

“We stand in solidarity with the bereaved family, offering our support and prayers as they navigate through this painful period. May they find strength and solace in the memories shared with Major General Opaleye. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” the governor said.

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