Paul Chabri Tarfa[1] CON (born 6 August 1941) is a retired Nigerian army major general who was appointed Governor of Oyo State, during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, handing over to the elected civilian governor Bola Ige.[2][3]

Paul C. Tarfa
Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy
In office
January 1984 – December 1985
Preceded byBrig-Gen Abdullahi Shelleng
Succeeded byMaj-Gen Peter Adomokai
Governor of Oyo State
In office
July 1978 – October 1979
Preceded byDavid Jemibewon
Succeeded byBola Ige
Personal details
Born (1941-08-06) 6 August 1941 (age 81)
Garkida, Northern Region, British Nigeria (now in Adamawa State, Nigeria)
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/service Nigerian Army
Years of service1962–1988
RankNigeria-Army-OF-7.svg Major General

Early lifeEdit

He was appointed commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.[4] Under the military rule of General Murtala Mohammed (July 1975 – February 1976), Lieutenant-Colonel Tarfa became provost marshal general and was responsible, reporting to General Theophilus Danjuma, for the clean-up campaign in the four divisions of the army. He was then given the almost impossible task of reducing traffic congestion in Lagos.[5] He was appointed Governor of Oyo State from July 1978 to October 1979.[2] When Ernest Shonekan came to power in November 1993, the Federal Government set up the Major-General Paul Tarfa Panel to undertake a one-year probe of the activities of the Nigeria Customs Service.[6]


  • Paul C. Tarfa, Olugbemiga Akin-Williams (2007). Profile in courage. Spectrum Books. ISBN 978-029-796-0.


  1. ^ Tarfa, P.C.; Akin-Williams, O. (2007). Profile in courage. Spectrum Books. ISBN 9789780297961. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  2. ^ a b "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  3. ^ admin (2020-06-26). "ALL GOVERNORS OF OYO STATE". Glimpse Nigeria. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  4. ^ Ibrahim Biu (20 March 2008). "Gen Tarfa States Recipe for Progress in Adamawa". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  5. ^ Simone K. Panter-Brick (1978). Soldiers and oil: the political transformation of Nigeria. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 0-7146-3098-5.
  6. ^ "Brief History of NCS". Nigeria Customs Service. Retrieved 2010-02-18.