Former Oyo Military Administrator, Tunji Olurin Dies at 78

Former Oyo Military Administrator, Tunji Olurin Dies at 78

Former Military Administrator of Oyo State and an indigene of Ilaro in Ogun State General Olatunji Idowu Olurin was reported to have died at Lagos University Teaching Hospital at age 78.

The septuagenarian, born on December 3, 1944, was an indigene of Ilaro, in Ogun State, he had his primary education at Christ Church School, Ilaro from 1951 -54; St. Paul’s School, Odo-Ona, Ibadan, 1955-57 and Local Government Authority Modern School in 1958.

He was also at Egbado College, Ilaro, 1959-64 and Technical College (now The Polytechnic), Ibadan, 1966 from where he proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna between 1967-70, School of Infantry, Quetta, Pakistan,1973; Army Command and Staff College, Jaji, 1977-78.

He was also at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, 1989. He was appointed Battalion Commander, 1970-71; Brigade Major 1972-74; Instructor, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, 1974; Defence Adviser, Nigerian High Commission India, 1975-77.

Olurin was General Staff Officer I, Operations, Army Headquarters, Lagos, 1980-82; Colonel General Staff, Nigerian School of Infantry, 1982; Deputy Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, 1983-84; Commander, I Mechanised Infantry Brigade, 1984-85; appointed Military Governor, OyoState, 1985- 88; Director of Logistics, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Lagos, August 1988 – January 1989; Passed Staff College (PSC), 1978; National Decoration: Forces Service Star (1155); Foreign Decoration: United Nations Peace Medal (UNIFIL), 1979.

He was married to Kehinde Oyeleye in 1975, with two sons.


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