Sentencing of the first Governor of Ogun State, Victor Onabanjo

Victor Olabisi Onabanjo (February 12, 1927 – April 14, 1990) was the first civilian Governor of Ogun State Nigeria, from October 1979 – December 1983, during Nigerias Second Republic.

Onabanjo was a journalist before becoming the civilian governor of Ogun state; He had edited the Nigerian Citizen and the Daily Service in the 1950s. But it was his stint as editorial director of the Daily Express that led to his popularity. On May 13, 1982 he commissioned Ogun Television.

After the 1983 military coup that installed General Muhammadu Buhari as head of state. Chief Onabanjo was sent to prison on corruption charges. The General Omu’s panel sentenced Onabanjo to 22 years imprisonment.

After his release, he returned to journalism, publishing his “Aiyekooto”column in the Nigerian Tribune from 1987 to 1989. Onabanjo died on April 14, 1990.

The Ogun State University, founded on 7th July 1982 was renamed Olabisi Onabanjo University on May 29, 2001 in his memory.

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