Chinyere Ike Nwosu

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Chinyere Ike Nwosu
Military Administrator of Abia State
In office
9 December 1993 – 14 September 1994
Preceded byOgbonnaya Onu
Succeeded byTemi Ejoor
Military Administrator of Oyo State
In office
14 September 1994 – 22 August 1996
Preceded byAdetoye Oyetola Sode
Succeeded byAhmed Usman
Personal details
BornNovember 21, 1946

Brigadier General Chinyere Ike Nwosu (born November 21, 1946[1]) was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Abia State (December 1993 - September 1994) and then of Oyo State (September 1994 - August 1996) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.[2]

As Abia State governor, he was described as a very controversial administrator given to whimsical actions.[3] In 1993, his wife Chinyere Nwosu established the Abia Less Privileged Organisation (ALPO), to assist women in gaining accommodation and skills.[4]

As governor of Oyo State, he upset the power balance of the traditional rulers by making the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, permanent chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas. Before then, the position had rotated between the three Obas.[5] In March 1995 he ordered motorists and taxi passengers from their vehicles at the Egebda taxi and lorry motor park in Ibadan for violating the Oyo "Sanitation Day" exercise. His mobile court fined scores of travelers, and forced them to kneel in the hot sun. On April 25, Nwosu's aides attacked a bank manager in Ibadan after the banker's car almost collided with Nwosu's convoy, beating the man unconscious with rifle butts.[6]

In response to a strike threat, in February 1995 Ike Nwosu ordered the closure of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, and sacked the entire work force of the corporation.[7] The September 1996 issues of Nigerian news magazines, Tell and This Week claimed that Ike Nwosu "spent 16.875 million naira ($214,000) on himself between March 1995 and March 1996".[8][9]


  1. ^ Ike Nwosu: Exit of a spartan soldier Archived 2010-11-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  3. ^ MOSES AKAIGWE (January 20, 2007). "Revisiting Kalu, Atiku's expulsion". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  4. ^ Gordi Udeajah and Simeon Nwakaudu (November 20, 2009). "Govs' wives in Ondo, Abia, Benue lift the poor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  5. ^ Gbenro Adesina (December 19, 2008). "Alaafin Is My Tenant —Soun". PM News. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  6. ^ "Nigeria Human Rights Practices, 1995". U.S. Department of State. March 1996. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  7. ^ Babatunde Olugboji (1996). Suppression of press freedom in Nigeria. Constitutional Rights Project. p. 13. ISBN 978-2944-09-2.
  8. ^ "As Nigeria corruptions breaks out big time, George Ayittey supplies the reading list". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  9. ^ George B. N. Ayittey (1999). Africa in chaos. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 153. ISBN 0-312-21787-0.