General Oladipo Diya, the former Chief of General Staff(CGS) under the infamous military regime of Sani Abacha, has died at the age of 79.
Diya was CGS between 1994 and 1997 before he was arrested and tried for treason.
Diya was roped into the plot to overthrow the regime of Sani Abacha and was initially given a death sentence. The sentence was overturned after the unexpected death of Sani Abacha in 1998 and a new government headed by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, took charge.
Diya’s death was announced on Sunday by a family statement issued by Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya.
Family Statement on General Diya’s Death
“On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
“Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.