First Military governor of Kebbi State and former Minister of Communication in the government of the late General Sani Abacha, Major General Patrick Aziza (Rtd), has died at the age of 67.
General Aziza was a member of the group of officers that planned the coup in which General Sanni Abacha took power. He was Chairman of the Special Military Tribunal that convicted Olusegun Obasanjo and Major General Shehu Y’Ardua for involvement in an alleged 1995 coup plot.
He was also head of a tribunal that tried six journalists for treason, based on publishing accounts of the coup.
Aziza, reportedly died of cancer, in Abuja at about 3:45am on Saturday.
Aziza’s was born in Okpe local Government Area in Delta state on 23 December 1947. He was raised in Abakaliki. He went to Ibadan for his secondary education before joining the army and participating in the civil war (1967–1970). Aziza then attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, graduating in 1970. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant and promoted to lieutenant in 1970, and was posted to the 3rd Marine Commando. In 1971 he was promoted to captain.
Aziza was the Brigade Commander of the Amphibious Brigade in Calabar when he was appointed the first military administrator of Kebbi State, holding office from 28 August 1991 to January 1992, when he handed over to the elected civilian governor at the start of the aborted 3rd Republic.
Patrick Aziza was, until he died, the President-General Of The Urhobo Progress Union.