Adekunle Lawal

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Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal (NN) B.Sc.(Eng)., M.Sc.(Eng)., CMarEng. FIMarEng., FSS. PSC.
Military Governor of Lagos State
In office
July 1975 – 1977
Preceded by Mobolaji Johnson
Succeeded by Ndubuisi Kanu
Military Governor of Imo State
In office
1977 – July 1978
Preceded by Ndubuisi Kanu
Succeeded by Sunday Ajibade Adenihun
Personal details
Born 8 February 1934
Lagos State
Died 27 November 1980

Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal was born on 8 February 1934, in Lagos Nigeria. He was appointed military governor of Lagos State, Nigeria in July 1975 after the coup that brought General Murtala Muhammed to power.[1] Admiral Lawal held the position of Lagos State Military Governor until 1977, when he was transferred to become governor of Imo State in 1977. He held this position until July 1978, after which he resumed his career in the Nigerian Navy.[2]

Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal started his early education at Holy Cross Cathedral School, Lagos, Nigeria. His secondary education was completed at the Methodist Boys’ High School in Lagos, after which he went on to receive his Advanced Level Certificate of Education (A'Levels) in three subjects. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, from where he graduated in 1963 with B.Sc.(Eng) Honors. Adekunle Lawal had a CMarEng and FIMarEng (Chartered and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering).[citation needed] His additional professional naval designations include FSS and PSC.

Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal joined the Royal Nigerian Navy in September 1963 as a sub-lieutenant. In 1964 he was promoted to lieutenant. In March 1964 he attended a marine engineering course with the Royal Naval Ships in Rotterdam, Holland. In 1966 he was promoted to lieutenant commander. From 1969 to 1971, Adekunle Lawal attended the Defence Naval Staff College in Wellington, India, where he received his M.Sc.(Eng). He was Chief of Material in the Nigerian Navy from 1972 to 1978 and was a member of the Supreme Military Council S.M.C. from 1972 to 1975 during the General Yakubu Gowon administration. He was also appointed to the board of the Nigerian Port Authority as a full board member from 1972 to 1975. Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal also served as the chief engineer on numerous naval vessels including the NNS Ogoja, NNS Beecroft and the NNS Nigeria during his time with the Nigerian Navy.[citation needed]

Lawal was appointed governor of Lagos State in 1975. As the governor one of the challenges he faced was managing the chaotic traffic problem in the state. However, his tactics sometimes seem like a war against motorists. Under the leadership of then Col Paul Tarfa, soldiers were posted on the road with horsewhips known as koboko. Erring drivers where whipped on the side of the road to serve as a deterrent against further traffic violations. During the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, the state implemented an odd-even rationing traffic system. Car owners whose license plates begin with even numbers were not allowed on most streets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and those with odd numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.[3]

Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Navy as an admiral in 1980, and after an illness he died in November 1980. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Taiwo Adefunmilayo Lawal, whom he married in Lagos in 1965, and his six children.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Nowa Omoigui. "Military Rebellion of July 29, 1975:". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  3. ^ Darnton, John (1977). Motorist Is Made the Whipping Boy for Lagos's Tangled Traffic. Special to The New York Times. New York Times, 10 Jan 1977: 3
  4. ^ "About Us". Methodist Boys’ High School. Retrieved 2010-02-12.