Monday, 12 February 2018

Senator Shagaya Dies In Auto Crash

FORMER Minister of Internal Affairs, Sen John Shagaya, on Sunday
died in a road accident along Langtang-Pankshin road in Plateau,
Mr Dan Dandur, former Chairman, Langtang North Local
Government, has confirmed.
“Shagaya died in a road crash today; we are right now with the
corpse at the Air Force Military Hospital, Jos,” Dandur told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in a telephone interview.
Dandur said that the 75-year-old retired army general was on his
way to Jos from his village in Langtang, when the accident
occurred at Amper in Kanke Local Government of the State.
“Shagaya was travelling along with his driver and orderly when the
accident occurred, but the two survived with serious injuries and
are receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.
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Dandur described Shagaya’s death as “shocking and
“His death is too sudden. I just can’t believe that he has left us,”
Dandur, who holds the traditional title of “Baraya Langtang”, told
Born in Langtang North, on Sept. 2, 1942, Shagaya served as
minister of internal affairs under military President
Ibrahim Babangida , and represented Plateau South in the Senate
from 2007-2011.
Until his demise, he was a chieftain of the APC in Plateau State.
Shagaya, who attended Junior Primary School at Nyer and Sudan
United Mission (S.U.M) Primary School, Langtang between
1952-1959, later went to the Nigeria Military School (N.M.S) Zaria
in 1960-1964.
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After graduation from the Nigeria Military school, Zaria, Shagaya
was posted to the Nigerian Army Corps before attending the first
short service Combatant Commission Course at Nigeria Defence
Academy (N.D.A) Kaduna, in 1967.
He was posted to 3 Marine Command upon commission, where he
participated in the Nigeria Civil War from 1967-1970.
Shagaya became the first Field Commander to chair the
Conference of the Joint Chief of Staff of the enlarged ECOMOG
having Commanded the 1st Mechanised Division in the Nigerian
Army including a Platoon, Company, Battalion and Brigade.
In addition to being an active politician, Shagaya was Director of
the defunct Lion Bank (Nig) Plc between 1998-2003, and is the
author of a book: “The Tarok History”, after publishing two other
books – “Governance in Nigeria: The IBB ERA, an Insider’s View”
and ”The Ministry of Internal Affairs, an Overview”.



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