Former Defence Chief, Gen Joshua Dogonyaro dies at 80

Dogonyaro dies at 80

Former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro, is dead, aged 80.

He died Thursday at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Jos.

His first son, Joseph Dongoyaro, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Thursday morning.

He said: “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 3.00 am 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 added that his remains had been deposited at the Airforce Hospital in Jos.

Dogonyaro, a soldier and an administrator, was born on September 12, 1940, in Vom, Plateau State.

He is a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area.

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

He had his early education at Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri and enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 1964.

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.

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