Omo Omoruyi, Former Associate of Ibrahim Babangida, Dies

Omo Omoruyi, a political scientist who advised former military dictator Ibrahim Babangida, has died. Mr. Omoruyi reportedly died earlier today in Benin City, the capital of Edo State. A family friend who sought anonymity told our correspondent, “Professor Omo Omoruyi died today after battling cancer for the past few years.”

A professor of political science at the University of Benin, Mr. Omoruyi came to national limelight when he served as the Director-General of the Center for Democratic Studies during the regime of Mr. Babangida. Known as a confidante and advisor to the former military general, Mr. Omoruyi wrote a book chronicling an account of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential polls won by the late business tycoon, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. The book also named some of the players who, in Mr. Omoruyi’s view, played significant roles in the cancellation of the polls, an event that triggered protests against the military and led to Mr. Babangida’s exit from power.

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