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First Military Governor of Lagos, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, Dies at 83

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Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, the first military governor of Lagos State, is dead.

The circumstances of his death were still sketchy, though he was said to have died around 4.45 pm on Wednesday at 83 apparently due to age-related ailment.

Mobolaji said to be a gentleman-soldier was born on February 9, 1936.

Top family sources confirmed the transition to WESTERN POST last night

As Military Governor of Lagos State, he was in office between May
28, 1967 and July 1975, under the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.

A true Lagosian, Johnson was born to the family of Joshua Motola Johnson and his wife, Gbemisola Johnson (née Dudley-Coker).

His father was of Egba heritage and was a member of the Royal West African Frontier Force during the World War II.

His grandfather’s last name was previously Osholero, but he changed it to Johnson after the priest who converted him to Christianity.

The Johnson family moved to Lagos during the early parts of the 20th century.

Johnson had five other siblings.

 

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