Air Commodore (retired) Ibrahim Kefas (27 January 1948 – 1 October 2021) served as military administrator of Cross River State in Nigeria between December 1993 and September 1994, and then of Delta State until August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.[2]

Ibrahim Kefas
Military Administrator of Cross River State
In office
9 December 1993 – 14 September 1994
Preceded byClement Ebri
Succeeded byGregory Agboneni
Military Administrator of Delta State
In office
26 September 1994 – 22 August 1996
Preceded byBassey Asuquo
Succeeded byJohn Dungs
Personal details
Born(1948-01-27)27 January 1948[1]
Wukari, British Nigeria
Died1 October 2021(2021-10-01) (aged 73)
Abuja, Nigeria

As a group captain, Kefas was appointed governor of Delta State on 26 September 1994.[3] While governor of Delta State, he sacked professor Frank Mene Adedemiswanye Ukoli, Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University for political reasons, an incident recorded in Ukoli's book A state university is born: throes of birth, ordeals of growth.[4][5]

In March 2002, as Taraba State Chairman of People's Democratic Party, Kefas and other party politicians were attacked by over 200 youths who invaded a party rally, and narrowly escaped death.[6]

Kefas was nominated as National Democratic Party candidate for governor in the 2007 elections in Taraba State.[7] The winner was the People's Democratic Party candidate, Danbaba Suntai.[8]

Kefas died in the early hours of 1 October 2021, in a hospital in Abuja.[9]

Early life edit

Ibrahim Kefas was born into a Christian family on 27 January 1948, in Wukari, Taraba State. He was the oldest of many children born to Christian missionary Atewunu Angyu Kefas (Manu). His father, Manu, was one of the missionaries to introduce Christianity to the region. Being a very devout Christian, he put Ibrahim Kefas in Bible College by the age of thirteen hoping he would become a preacher. Ibrahim Kefas, being the youngest student in Bible College at time, completed his program before most but had other plans. He was fascinated by planes and wanted to fly them so he joined the Nigerian Defence Academy and became a pilot before he was 20 years old.

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  1. ^ "Delta State Handbook: 1991-1995". 1995.
  2. ^ "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Delta State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy" (PDF). Delta State Government. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  4. ^ Victor Jike (28 January 2005). "F.M.A. Ukoli: An Obeisance". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  5. ^ F. M. A. Ukoli (1996). A state university is born: throes of birth, ordeals of growth. Textflow Limited. ISBN 978-2783-36-6.
  6. ^ Ben Adaji (13 March 2002). "Touts Attack PDP Chairman". P.M. News (Lagos). Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Independent National Electoral Commission Nominated Candidates for Governorship Election 2007" (PDF). Independent National Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  8. ^ Yakubu Danbala (21 February 2008). "Danbaba Vs Baido - The Heat Goes On". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Daily Report Nigeria | Latest Breaking News 247, Nigerian Newspapers".