Paul Omu

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Paul Ufuoma Omu
Governor of South-Eastern State
In office
July 1975 – July 1978
Preceded by Uduokaha Esuene
Succeeded by Babatunde Elegbede
Personal details
Born July 1940 (age 76)
Igbide, Bendel State, Nigeria

Major General Paul Ufuoma Omu (born July 1940) was Military Governor of South-Eastern State, Nigeria (renamed Cross River State in February 1976) between July 1975 and July 1978 during the military regimes of Generals Murtala Muhammed and Olusegun Obasanjo.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

Omu joined the army on December 10, 1962, and was a course mate to Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Bello and Garba Duba at the Nigeria Military Training College. He attended the Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot in the United Kingdom and was commissioned on July 25, 1963. He was Commander, 33 Infantry Brigade in July 1975, when appointed Governor of South-Eastern State.[3]

In 1984, the Muhammadu Buhari regime created military tribunals to try public officers from the Shehu Shagari era who had been accused of embezzling public funds. Omu was appointed chairman of the Lagos Zone tribunal.[4] The tribunal found most of the politicians guilty, handing out jail sentences of various terms.[5] In September 1985 Omu was Commandant, Command and Staff College and a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council.[4] When General Ibrahim Babangida decided to plan for the transfer to civilian rule, he appointed Omu chairman of a nine-man panel to review recommendations of the Political Bureau and draft a White Paper on the transition.[6]

Omu retired from the army with the rank of Major General on September 3, 1990 along with a large batch of senior officers in the months following the April 1990 Orkar/Mukoro coup attempt, although he was not implicated in the coup.[3]

Later career[edit]

In 1999, his wife Stella Omu was elected National Senator for the Delta South constituency of Delta State.[7]

In April 2008, Omu was head of the South-South reconciliation committee of the People's Democratic Party, set up to resolve differences among factions of the party.[8] In July 2008, Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan appointed Omu a member of the Delta State Vision 2020 Council, charged with articulating the vision and long term development plan for the state.[9] In September 2009 President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua appointed Omu chairman of the 10-member Governing Board of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), charged with reviewing the law of the institution.[10]


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  2. ^ "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
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  4. ^ a b Max Siollun. "Babangida: His Life And Times (Part 4 )". Gamji. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  5. ^ Gbenga Lawal and Ariyo Tobi. "Bureaucratic Corruption, Good Governance and Development: The Challenges and Prospects of Institution Building in Nigeria" (PDF). Journal of Applied Sciences Research, 2(10): 642-649, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  6. ^ Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Margaret Carol Lee, African Association of Political Science (1998). The state and democracy in Africa. Africa World Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-86543-638-X. 
  7. ^ Eddy Odivwri (2003-01-18). "Delta Senatorial Contest: The Actors, the Props". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  8. ^ Umoru Henry (17 April 2008). "Ogbulafor Dissolves PDP Disciplinary Committee". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  9. ^ Amby Uneze (14 July 2008). "Uduaghan Inaugurates Vision 2020". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  10. ^ George Oji (9 September 2009). "Yar'Adua Directs Review of NIPSS' Statute". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 

Retired Major General Paul Omu inaugurated as the president general of the Isoko Development Union (IDU) which is the umbrella organisation of the Isoko speaking peoples of the Niger delta region of Delta State, Nigeria to preside over issues involving the Isoko nation, Delta State, and Nigeria in general. He succeeds Dr. Gregory Oke Akpojene,67 who is the only Isoko man to be elected as President of IDU for the third time after a successful two term tenure that lasted from 1993 to 1996. His last tenure ended effectively in January 2014*