George Agbazika Innih
|George Agbazika Innih|
|General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army|
October 1979 – April 1980
|Preceded by||Brig P.A. Eromobor|
|Succeeded by||Maj-Gen. D.N. Jemibewon|
|Governor, Bendel State, Nigeria|
2 August 1975 – March 1976
|Preceded by||Samuel Ogbemudia|
|Succeeded by||Husaini Abdullahi|
|Governor, Kwara State, Nigeria|
|Preceded by||Ibrahim Taiwo|
|Succeeded by||Sunday Ifere|
25 September 1938|
Agenebode, Etsako East, Edo State, Nigeria
|Died||15 August 2002
|Years of service||1962–1980|
George Agbazika Innih was born on September 25, 1938 at Agenebode, Etsako East Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State. He was educated at catholic school, Akure, the Government school in Warri, the Holy cross catholic school in Benin City and Edo College, Benin City.
He joined the army, and was trained at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England (1962), then at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England (1962–1964) and 1972. He was appointed Platoon Commander, 4th Infantry Battalion, Ibadan (1964–65), Deputy Military Secretary, Supreme Headquarters, Lagos, Colonel General Staff 3rd Marine Commando (1968–69) and Brigade Commander, 5 Infantry Brigade, Onitsha 1974-74.
After the coup of 29 July 1975 by Brigadier Murtala Mohammed, he was made Military Governor of Bendel State, since split into Edo State and Delta State. Soon after taking control, he dissolved the executive council and the boards of statutory corporations, suspended all contract awards, and set up committees to review finances and projects undertaken by his predecessor Samuel Ogbemudia. Several serving officers were retired from service.
On 13 February 1976 General Murtala Mohammed was killed in a failed coup and his second-in-command, his Chief of Staff Lt-Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, was appointed as Head of State. In March, Obasanjo reassigned Colonel Innih to Kwara state, replacing him with Navy captain Hussaini Abdullahi. Innih served in Kwara State as Military Governor until 1978.
Innih became the President of Retired Officers of Nigerian Armed Forces Organization (RANAO). He was Chairman/Managing Director Niger Valley Agro Industries Limited, Chairman / Managing Director Tamsaks Nigeria Limited and Chairman Bridgestone Finance Limited. He was honored with the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). The University of Ilorin awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Law in 1998. He died in 2002.
- Dr. Femi Ajayi (17 November 2003). "IN MEMORY OF GEORGE AGBAZIKA INNIH AND ELIZABETH AINA DANIEL". NigeriaWorld. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- Osamede Osunde. "Major General Agbazika Innih". EdoWorld. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
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