Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Joshua Dogonyaro is dead

The Late Gen Dogonyaro

Former Field Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), Lieutenant-General Nimyel Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead.

He was 80 years old.

According to a Channels Television report, an aide to the late Army officer, Major Gabriel Adofiku, told the station that he died in the early hours of Thursday in Jos, Plateau State capital.

Apart from his ECOMOG assignment, Dongoyaro will be remembered as having read the coup speech that announced the overthrowing of General Muhammadu Buhari and the ushering-in of General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1985, the report noted.

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

Born on September 12, 1940 in Vom, Plateau State, Dogonyaro served in different capacities and different formations in the Nigerian Army, among which he served as the Chief of Defence Staff as well as the Field Commander of Economic Community of West African States (ECOMOG) monitoring group in Liberia.

He hails from Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
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