Stephen Otu

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Stephen J. A. Otu
Born (1915-10-15)15 October 1915
Died 1979 (aged 63–64)[1]
Allegiance Ghana
Service/branch Ghana army
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of the Defence Staff

Major General Stephen J. A. Otu (23 October 1915 – 1979) was a former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces. He was the first Ghanaian officer to serve in this capacity.

Career[edit]

Stephen Otu was the second Ghanaian to become the Chief of Army Staff in October 1962, a position he occupied until July 1965 when the army headquarters became annexed to the Ministry of Defence.[2] He also became the first Ghanaian officer to become the Chief of Defence Staff when the British army personnel were scaled down in 1961.[3] He took over from Major General Henry Templer Alexander, a career British officer.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uwechue, R.; Limited, A.B. (1991). Makers of Modern Africa. Africa Journal Limited. ISSN 0261-1570. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Past Army Commanders / Chiefs of Army Staff". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. February 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Volume 4 Chapter 1 - The Security Services". National Reconciliation Committee report. Ghana government. Archived from the original on July 17, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Past General Officers Commanding /chiefs of the Defence Staff". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Brigadier J. A. Ankrah
Chief of Army Staff
1962 – 1965
Succeeded by
Major General C. M. Barwah
Preceded by
Major General Henry Templer Alexander
Chief of the Defence Staff
1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Major General Nathan A. Aferi