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Ndubuisi Kanu, NADECO chieftain and former milad, dies of COVID-19 complications aged 77


A former military governor of Lagos and old Imo State and notable NADECO leader, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, has been reoorted dead of suspected COVID-19 complications.

Kanu died in Lagos Wednesday at 3am. Born November 3, 1943, Admiral Kanu would have been 78years old this year.

A family source said the Admiral, who has not enjoyed the best of health in recent years, went to the east during the Christmas season for the introduction ceremony of his daughter who was getting married to a man (both of them from abroad).

“He was noticed to have had mild cough then and his condition deteriorated suddenly. Had to quickly fly back to Lagos where Covid-19 infection was diagnosed and was placed on intensive care with oxygen, ” the source said.

Rear Admiral Kanu was an accomplished military officer having had a successful tenure in the Nigerian Naval Command. A graduate of National Defence Academy, India, he served in various leadership positions both in core naval postings and in special assignments. He was a Member of the Supreme Military Council (1975 – 1976), first Military Governor of Imo State (1976 – 1977), Military Governor of Lagos State (1977 – 1978), Member of the Supreme Military Council (1978 –1979), Member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, AFRC (1986 – 1989), Member of Special Committee on Review of the Report of the Political Bureau (1988) and Chairman of Special AFRC Committee on Creation of Local Governments. He retired honourably in October 1990 and is presently a Maritime Consultant.

In retirement, the first class graduate of Sandhurst Military Institute in UK, was running a successful shipping and maritime company called RAGNK Ltd, with head office in Victoria Island Lagos.

At one point, he was a Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, among other private sector institutions.