ADEKUNLE, (Brig) Benjamin Maja Adesanya

Born 26 June 1936


Brig. Gen

ADEKUNLE, (Brigadier)


Maja Adesanya
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had four children

Profession Politician, retired soldier, businessman;
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appointed aide-de-camp to Sir Akanu Ibiem, Governor of Eastern Nigeria, 1962- 63; promoted adjutant-general Nigerian Army, 1965-66; with the outbreak of the civil war in 1967, he commanded the 6th Battalion of the Nigerian Army In the war fronts and was later appointed the General Officer Commanding Ufa Third Marine Commando; became; Director of Training , Supreme Headquarters Lagos, May J969 – July 1076; served as military commandants Port of Lagos In 1970.

Dekina Pri. School, Government College Okene, 1951- 57; attended Officer Cadet Training School, Teshi Ghana, 1858; Officer Cadet Training School Aidershot England, 1959; Sandhurst Military Academy England, 1960-61; Defence Services Staff College Wellington, India. 1964-65

Island Club, the Yoruba Tennis Club.

Adekunle was known for his high military intelligence and leadership quality hence he was nicknamed the ‘Black Scorpion’. He was a sterling performer around whom many myths were spun during the Nigerian Civil War, where he was the commander of the Third Marine Commando of the Nigerian Army. His removal and replacement by then Colonel Obasanjo and subsequent retirement from the Nigerian Army remains a source of controversy till today.

13 September 2014
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