Edo state declares 7-Day mourning in honour of Ogbemudia

Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia

The former governor of defunct Midwest and Bendel State (now Edo and Delta states), Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia is dead.

Ogbemudia died Thursday mid-night in Lagos after a prolonged illness. He would have been 85 in September.

Edo State Government has declared a seven-day mourning commencing from yesterday as a mark of honour for Ogbemudia.

Governor Godwin Obaseki who made the declaration, described late Ogbemudia as a fine military officer who liberated the Mid-West region during the Civil War.

According to Obaseki, “Under Dr. Ogbemudia, Bendel became a leading state in education, sports and industry. As two-time governor of Bendel, comprising present-day Edo and Delta states, he will be fondly remembered for the strong foundation he laid for the infrastructural, social and economic development of both states.”

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