Babatunde Elegbede

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Muftau Adegoke Babatunde Elegbede
Governor of Cross River State
In office
28 July 1978 – 30 September 1979
Preceded by Paul Omu
Succeeded by Clement Isong
Personal details
Born c. 1939
Died 19 June 1994

Vice-Admiral Muftau Adegoke Babatunde Elegbede (c. 1939 – 19 June 1994) or Tunde Elegbede was Military Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria between July 1975 and October 1978 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.[1]

Elegbede attended the Methodist Boys High School in Lagos.[2]

Military career[edit]

As a Navy Captain, Elegbede was appointed Military Governor of Cross River State between 28 July 1978 and 30 September 1979, when he handed over power to the elected civilian governor Clement Isong at the start of the Nigerian Second Republic.[3] During his tenure, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria was established at Oron (now in Akwa Ibom State).[4]

During the military regime of General Muhammadu Buhari that followed the Second Republic after a 31 December 1983 coup, Elegbede was Chairman of the Kaduna Zone military tribunal, which was set up to try public officers from the previous civilian regime who had been accused of embezzling public funds.[5] He was appointed director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, and was later head of administration in Defence Headquarters under General Ibrahim Babangida.[6] In September 1985, Commodore Elegbede was Flag Officer Commanding, Sea Training Command. He was a member of Babangida's Armed Forces Ruling Council from 1983 to 1993.[5] He became Chief of Naval Staff before his retirement.[7]


Elegbede was assassinated by gunmen on 19 June 1994 along the Gbagada/Owonshoki expressway in Lagos, hit by more than 70 automatic rifle bullets.[5] In July 2001, three of the seven suspected robbers were formally charged.[7] However, as of September 2009, nobody had been convicted of the murder.[8]


  1. ^ "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  2. ^ Max Siollun (2009). Oil, politics and violence: Nigeria's military coup culture (1966-1976). Algora Publishing. p. 73. ISBN 0-87586-708-1. 
  3. ^ Arit Ema (1987). Cross River State at a glance. p. 41. 
  4. ^ "Maritime Academy of Nigeria". Maritime Academy of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  5. ^ a b c Max Siollun. "Babangida: His Life And Times (Part 4 )". Gamji. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  6. ^ Edward F. Mickolus, Susan L. Simmons (1997). Terrorism, 1992-1995: a chronology of events and a selectively annotated bibliography. ABC-CLIO. p. 626. ISBN 0-313-30468-8. 
  7. ^ a b Alex Oni (9 July 2001). "3 Charged With Elegbede's Murder". The Post Express. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Crime thrives, when murders are not resolved". The Guardian. September 25, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-03. [dead link]