Augustus Akhabue Aikhomu (20 October 1939 – 17 August 2011) was an Admiral in the Nigerian Navy, who served as the de facto Vice President of Nigeria under military head of state General Ibrahim Babangida from 1986 to 1993.[1]

Augustus Aikhomu
8th Vice President & Chief of General Staff
In office
October 1986 – August 1993
PresidentIbrahim Babangida as Military President of Nigeria
Preceded byEbitu Ukiwe
Succeeded byOladipo Diya
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
January 1984 – October 1986
Preceded byAkintunde Aduwo
Succeeded byPatrick Koshoni
Personal details
Born20 October 1939
Died17 August 2011(2011-08-17) (aged 71)
SpouseRebecca Aikhomu
Children5, including Mark
Alma materYaba College of Technology
Britannia Royal Naval College
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/service Nigerian Navy
Years of service1958–1993
Rank Admiral

Early life edit

He hailed from Idumebo-Irrua, Edo State,[2] in southern Nigeria. As a student, Aikhomu spent various periods of his early life studying at Irrua Government School, Yaba College of Technology, Royal Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth, England, Long Gunnery Specialist Course, India and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria.[citation needed]

Naval career edit

Aikhomu joined the Nigerian Navy on 1 December 1958. He joined the Royal Navy as an Artificer Apprentice with Series 35 entry at HMS Fisgard near Torpoint, East Cornwall in January 1959. He was in Grenville Division at HMS Fisgard and would have completed his 16 months Part 1 training at the end of April 1960.

Aikhomu was the Commanding Officer, Shore Patrol Craft, commanding officer, NNS Dorina, chief of naval personnel, naval headquarters, chief of naval operations (1983–84), and chief of naval staff (1984–86).

Vice President and Chief of General Staff edit

Admiral Augustus served as the de facto Vice President of Nigeria under military president General Ibrahim Babangida from 1986 to 1993.

Later career edit

He was at a time the chairman of the Board of Trustees of All Nigeria Peoples Party, an opposition party in the country. Aikhomu contributed to the Irrua Specialist Hospital specializing in lassa fever management.[3] He died on 17 August 2011, aged 71. Aikhomu is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and five children, Mark, Eheje, Vinitha, Suzanne, and Ebi.

References edit

  1. ^ drinokrane. "Obaseki, Ighodalo, Others Attend 10th Memorial Anniversary Of Augustus Aikhomu". Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Nigerians react as Admiral Augustus Aikhomu dies @72". Vanguard News. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Nigeria Centre for Disease Control". Retrieved 28 May 2020.

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