Allison Madueke

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Allison Amaechina Madueke
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
Preceded byRear Adm. Suleiman Saidu
Succeeded byRear Adm. Mike Akhigbe
Military Governor of Anambra State
In office
January 1984 – August 1985
Preceded byChristian Onoh
Succeeded bySamson Omeruah
Military Governor of Imo State
In office
August 1985 – 1986
Preceded byIke Nwachukwu
Succeeded byAmadi Ikwechegh
Personal details
Oji River, Enugu State, Nigeria
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/serviceBadge of the Nigerian Navy.svg Nigerian Navy
RankRear Admiral

Rear Admiral Allison Amaechina Madueke (born 1944) is a retired Nigerian naval officer. He was Chief of Naval Staff from 1993 to 1994, military governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and Imo State military governor from 1985 to 1986.[1]


Allison Madueke was born in 1944 in Agbariji-Inyi, Oji River, Enugu State, and is of Igbo origin.[2] He attended the Britannia Royal College, Dartmouth England and the School of Maritime Operations, Southwick. He became a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, London (MRIN) and Member of the Nautical Institute, London (MNI). He was later granted two honorary Doctorate degrees in Science from Enugu State University of Technology, and in Law from Abia State University. He was also granted an honorary Doctorate degree in Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2010.[3]

His second wife Diezani Alison-Madueke was the first female director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, later to become Nigeria's minister of transportation on July 26, 2007.[4][5]

Naval career[edit]

Madueke studied at the Nigerian Defense Academy between 1964 and 1967.[6] He served at the Embassy of Nigeria as Naval Attache in Washington DC, USA.[3] After a military coup d'état overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on December 31, 1983, as Navy Captain he was appointed governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and then of Imo State until 1986 during the military regimes of Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida.[1] Promoted to Rear Admiral, from 1993-1994 he served briefly as Chief of Naval Staff under General Sani Abacha.[7] He was sacked after a Supreme Military Council meeting in August 1994 where he supported the release of the elected civilian president Moshood Abiola, who had been imprisoned after the coup that brought Abacha to power.[8]

Later career[edit]

After retiring from the navy, Madueke became Chairman of Radam Maritime Services Ltd., executive chairman of Interconnect Clearinghouse and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National ICT Merit Awards He also was appointed to the boards of Regalia Nigeria Ltd, Excel E & P (Marginal Oil Fields) Ltd., Solid Rock Securities and Investments Ltd. and Image Consultants Ltd.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  2. ^ MAURICE ARCHIBONG (June 29, 2006). "Enugu: Hill top of many splendours". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  3. ^ a b c "Board of Trustees". National ICT Merit Awards. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Shell names first female director, three others. She was moved to Mines and Steel Development in 2008, and in April 2010 was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources. In September 2011 Alison-Madueke was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Management Sciences by the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.[4]". Daily Sun. Sun News Publishing. April 24, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-10.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Nigerian Senate probes mystery govt payments". Mail & Guardian (South Africa). Jun 27, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  6. ^ Max Siollun (2009). Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria's Military Coup Culture (1966-1976). Algora Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 0-87586-708-1.
  7. ^ Eghosa E. Osaghae. Crippled giant: Nigeria since independence. Indiana University Press, 1998. p. 68. ISBN 0-253-21197-2.
  8. ^ Adekeye Adebajo (2002). Liberia's civil war: Nigeria, ECOMOG, and regional security in West Africa. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 136. ISBN 1-58826-052-6.