UPDATED: Former Army chief, David Ejoor, dies at 87
A former governor of the Mid-Western State and one time Chief of Army Staff, Major General David Ejoor is dead.
He died at the age of 87.
Ejoor, also a former administrator of the now defunct Mid-Western Region, reportedly died in Lagos on Sunday afternoon.
Sources told our correspondent that the deceased was waiting to be flown abroad for medical treatment.
He was reported to have been sick for about three weeks.
The deceased hailed from Ovwor in Olomu Kingdom, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ejoor is the first Urhobo to attain the position of a Major General in the Nigerian military.
The deceased, who doubled as the first indigenous Nigerian Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, is the most senior chief of the Olomu Council of Chiefs in Olomu Kingdom.
Born on 10 January 1932, Olorogun Ejoor served as Chief of Army Staff from January 1971 to July 1975.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has condoled with Urhobo Nation and the Nigerian Army over the demise of the former COAS saying that his death was a great loss to the country particularly to his home state of Delta.
Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, described the Ejoor patriarch as a patriotic Nigerian who diligently served to ensure that Nigeria today remain indivisible particularly during the Biafra War.
The governor while condoling with the Urhobo Progress Union and the people of Olomu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state said Ejoor’s death left him devastated especially as the nation goes through another round of elections.
Nigeria’s ex-army chief, David Ejoor, is dead
A former Chief of Army Staff, David Ejoor, is dead.
Mr Ejoor was army chief between 1971 and 1975 during the Yakubu Gowon military regime.
Mr Ejoor was Urhobo from Delta State.
Already, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed sadness over the demise of the retired major general.
Mr Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday in Asaba, condoled with the family, the Urhobo nation and the people of Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area over the death of the former COAS.
Mr Okowa added that the news of Mr Ejoor’s death had devastated him, especially as the nation is going into another round of elections but was consoled by the fact that the departed former Chief of Army Staff would remain immortal and never to be forgotten.
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According to the governor: “As Deltans we are exremely proud of the outstanding contributions of Gen. Ejoor to the Nigerian Army where he first served as the Governor of Mid-Western Region State from January 1966 – August 1967, first Nigerian Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) from January 1969 – January 1971 and later as Chief of Army Staff from January 1971 – July 1975.
“Gen. Ejoor had an illustrious military career and served the nation with all his heart; with full dedication and commitment to duty. His contributions to the end of the Nigeria Civil War remains indelible in the minds of Nigerians.
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of our dear state, I extend my deepest condolences to the Ejoor’s family, the Urhobo nation and the people of Ovwor-Olomu where he hails from.’’
Governor Okowa prayed almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest.