• Rt.General Ejiga
  • Rt.Major General Sunday Ifere
  • Rt.General Adoga
  • Rt.Brigadier General David Mark
  • Rt.Brigadier General Kinsley Unogwu
Late. Col. Dr. Michael Onazi Agbo

Late Col. Dr. Michael Onazi Agbo was the first Medical Doctor in southern part of ldoma Ador Local Government Area. He was born into the prestigious family of Mr. And Mrs. Agbo Ostima in Aikwu Aiona Ogai (Ogongo Royal Clan of Aigbidogu Igumale) in 1935. His father Chief Agbo Ostima, a proud father contested for the royal stool of Ostapa Igumale in 1954. His mother Oyiga was blue blooded Princess of Chief Otsapa Onazi II in Aiona compound in Igumale. Chief Otsapa Onazi ruled from 1918 to 1923 in Igumale.

He attended Methodist Central School Igumale the premier school in Idoma land for his primary education, thereafter, he taught briefly at Methodist Central School Otobi. He attended St. George’s College Enugu where he distinguished himself in science subjects. Sequel to that,he was admitted to study medicine in school of Hygiene Kano, the only Medical College in Northern Nigeria at the early part of 1960. After the successful completion of his studies in Kano, he was posted to General Hospital Sokoto as the first indigenous Medical Doctor. He was the first Medical Doctor in southern part of ldoma of Ador Local Government Area.

He enlisted into the Nigerian Army and was trained at Royal Military College Kaduna in 1962. In 1963, he was commissioned and posted to 4th Battalion Nigeria Army Hospital Ibadan where he worked as Medical Director. He was later transferred to 44 Military Hospital Kaduna. 1967, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and posted to Enugu Sector during the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War. 1969, he was promoted to the rank of a Major and transferred to 54 Armed Forces Hospital Kano as Commander.

In 1971, he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and transferred to Military Base Hospital Benin City as Commanding Officer. While in Benin City, he secured admission for his post graduate studies in London College of Tropical Medicine under the Auspices of Nigerian Army Medical Corps directed General Austin Peters – Commander Nigerian Army Medical Corps.

His military career was unjustifiably terminated in1974. Eventually, he was one of the few military officers given a Presidential Pardon in 2008. He was able to claim his benefit of over thirty six years.
He was a member of a cultural age group popularly known as Atumakasa in Igumale. The beautiful songs of this cultural group are very much alive in Igumale.

As retiree, he continued practicing his profession as a Medical Doctor. He established the popular Apa Clinic at N03, New market Road Otukpo in Benue State, where he rendered philanthropic medical service to the people of all classes. He later worked at Salem Hospital Otukpo as Medical Consultant from 1998 – 2003 when he decided to live an independent life.

He was member of the Nigerian Medical Council.
His death occurred on 28th March, 2010 after a brief illness. He was given full military burial as an officer in his home town in Ogongo, Igumale, Ador Local Government of Benue State.

He is survived by many children amongst whom are Augustus Agbo , Agbo Agbo (Ejifa), Jonathan Agbo, Michael Itodo Agbo, Ochera Agbo, Odeh Agbo, Agbo Agbo (Jr), Ochima Agbo, Obande Agbo and Solomon Ozoko Agbo (Youngest son). He is equally blessed with many daughters of great virtues who are all married happily. Married to Mrs. Aje Agbo, the wife on his side while he passed on at the age of 72 years  with many grand children.

We salute you a great hero of Idoma Land. (WSYGHIL)

  • Rt.Col. Ochefu
  • Rt.Maj.Ochai
  • Rt.Maj.Ochapa Onazi

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