Colonel Ahmed Usman (rtd.), the Kogi State-born former military administrator of Oyo and Ondo states, is dead.
He died in Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Tuesday night.
Late Ahmed Usman was born in 1951. After joining the army, postings included Second in Command, 192 Battalion, Abak and 141 Battalion, Kano (1983–1985), United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon(1985–1986) and Battalion Commander G Amphibious, Elele Port Hartcourt (1990–1991).
Usman was appointed governor of Ondo State in September 1994. While governor of Ondo State, Usman installed Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi as the Attah of Ayede Ekiti.
On 17 June 1996, Usman threatened to dismiss any Ondo State judge who granted bail to secret cult suspects. In 1998, a former Managing Director of a subsidiary of the Odu’a Group alleged that he had given bribes to Usman while he was administrator of Ondo State
In August 1996, Usman was deployed to Oyo state at a time of growing discontent about the military regime headed by Sani Abacha.