Adebayo Lawal

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Adebayo Hamed Lawal
Military Governor of Benue State
In office
July 1978 – 1 October 1979
Preceded by Abdullahi Shelleng
Succeeded by Aper Aku
Personal details
Born (1941-09-14) September 14, 1941 (age 75)
Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria

Group Captain Adebayo Hamed Lawal (born 14 September 1941) was Governor of Benue State, Nigeria from July 1978 to October 1979 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.[1]

Adebayo Hamed Lawal was born on September 14, 1941 in Offa, Kwara State. He attended Government College, Ibadan (1955–1962). He enlisted in the Nigerian Airforce in 1963 and was trained as a Military Pilot in West Germany, graduating in 1964. Postings included Commander, Port Harcourt Base (1969–1970), Commander Kano Base (1972–1973) and (1975–1977) and Commander, Makurdi Base (1977–1978).[2]

He was appointed Military Governor of Benue State in July 1978, holding the position until October 1979.[1] He oversaw the peaceful transition from military rule to civil rule, handing over power to the National Party of Nigeria candidate Aper Aku on 1 October 1979.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Group Captain Adebayo Lawal". Government of Benue State of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  3. ^ Tyodzua Atim (2006-01-30). "Benue State at 30: The people and their struggles". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-01-03.