DANJUMA, Lt-Gen Theophilus Yakubu


Takum Taraba State (old Gongola),

Lt. Gen



He is a retired soldier, politician and multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse
State of Origin: Taraba
Father's Name Kuru Danjuma
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Rufkatu Asibi
Mother's Status Deceased
Profession Army officer , Businessman , Administrator , Philanthropist
Working Experience Mons Officer Cadet Training School, Aldershot, UK, 1961; School of Infantry, Hythe andWestminster, UK, 1962; Special Warfare Centre (Psychological Warfare Course), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA, 1963; British Army StaffCollege, Camberley, UK, 1967; Joined the Nigerian Army in 1960 and served as a Company Commander, United Nations (UN), Peace Keeping Force, Congo, 1961 and 1962; Company Commander, Nigerian Army Contingent to Tanzania, 1964; Staff Officer, Grade 11, Nigerian Army Headquarters, 1964-66; Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion, Nigerian Army, 1966-67; Commander, First Sector, I Division, N.A, 1967-68; General Staff Officer, Grade I, 1 Division, N.A, 1968-70; ch. Special Military Tribunal to Trinidad and Tobago, 1970-71; GOC, 3rd Division, N.A, 1971-75; Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, 1975-79; Retired from the Nigerian Army as a Lt.- Gen., on October 2, 1979; dir. National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, 1979-82; ch. Nigeria-America Line; Chairman, Comet Shipping Agencies; dir. Ideal Flour Mills; Nigerian Eagle Flour Mills; SCOA Nigeria Ltd; Michelin Motor Tyre Services Ltd; ch. Defence Industries Corporation; Universal Trust Bank of Nigeria pic; Tati Hotels, Jos; World Trade Africa Forum; National Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Commission, March 1988; Sahel Publishing and Printing Company Ltd, Lagos; v-ch. Muritala Mohammed Foundation, 2002; min. Defence from June 1999 to May 2003

chairman of South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO)

Previous Appointments:

He was Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff from July 1975 to October 1979. He was also Minister of Defence under Olusegun Obasanjo. In 2010 he was nominated as Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan

Takum Elementary School, 1944-50; St. Bartholomew's Primary School, Wusasa, 1950-52; Benue Provincial Secondary School (now Government College), Katsina-Ala, 1953-58; Nigerian College of Arts, Science andTechnology, Zaria, 1959-60; Nigerian Military Training Centre, Kaduna, 1960.

Abonta of Wukari; Ochiagha of Obowu, Etiti, Imo State, 1988

Honoured in the Republic of Benin and Somalia, 1979; Poland, 1980.

My legacy, I hope, would be that I become the most successful Nigerian in the upstream and even in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry. I will leave behind tangible assets in the form of finance as well as petrol chemical plants operating beyond and after me.

listening to classical and jazz music, horse-riding

Danjuma is reputedly the owner of South Atlantic Petroleum, a major stakeholder in the Akpo oil and gas field off the coast of Nigeria. Concurrently Danjuma is a major benefactor of the oil-field’s $2.3 bn sale to China’s largest offshore oil producer, CNOOC, in January 2006.

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