Major General GA Innih (rtd) is Dead


Nowa Omoigui

There is word of the death of Major General GA Innih (rtd).  If confirmed, this is an incredible loss of one of the most brilliant, yet unsung, mid-level commanders of the Nigerian civil war.

When he was first posted to the 3rd Marine Cdo, as Brigade Major in the 14 Bde under Lt. Col. Pius Eromobor, Innih took part in the planning for the fall of Port-Harcourt.  In fact he was the acting Bde Commander when 14 Brigade seized Port-Harcourt airport after an assault that began at Bori, through Elelenwa to Umurukushi.  After the link up with 18 Bde at Igrita he was later appointed substantive Commander of the 14 Brigade for the final Air, Land and sea push into Port-Harcourt. Innih was also instrumental to the subsequent fall of Arochukwu (after initial link up with Owerrinta and Owerri).

Then Major Innih was the commander of the 13 Brigade of the 3rd Marine Commando (under then Colonel Obasanjo) that ended the civil war after clearing the Arochukwu/Ohafia bulge, moving into Awomama and Owerri on two axes in a through put advance to Uli-Ihiala and Okigwe.

Innih was responsible for the final (2nd) fall of Owerri and the seizure of Ojukwu's bunker.  It was also Innih that captured the Biafran Radio Station near Ovim, from where Okonkon Ndem had operated.


Born: September 25, 1938, Agenebode, Edo State

Civilian Education:

Catholic Primary School, Akure, Ondo State (1947-51)
Government School, Warri (1952-53)
Holy Cross Catholic School, Benin City, 1954
Edo College, Benin-City, 1955-60
School of Agriculture, Akure, 1961

Military Education

Mons Officer Cadet School, Hans, England, 1962
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England, 1962-64
Staff College, Camberly, England, 1972


Commissioned 2/Lt - 1964

1964-65: Platoon Commander, 4 Battalion, Ibadan

Promoted Lt. - 1965

1966: 2ic Alpha Company, 4 Battalion, Ibadan

Promoted Captain. - 1966

1966: Chief Instructor, Military, Nigerian Military
School, Zaria

1967-68: Deputy Military Secretary, SHQ, Lagos

Promoted Major - 1968

1968-69: Brigade Major, 14th Bde, 3rd Marine Commando
1969: Colonel GS, 3rd Marine Cdo
1969-70: Brigade Commander, 13 Infantry Bde, 3rd
Marine Cdo

Promoted Lt. Col. - 1971

1971: Colonel GS, Ops & Trg, AHQ

1972-73: Colonel GS, 1st Infantry Div, Kaduna

Promoted Colonel - 1973

1974-75: Bde Commander, 5 Inf Bde, Onitsha

1975 - Member, Committee on Reorganization of the
Nigerian Army

1975-76: Military Governor of Bendel State

Promoted Brigadier - 1976

1976-78: Military Governor, Kwara State

1978-79: Quarter-Master-General, Nigerian Army

Promoted Major General - 1979

1979-80: GOC, 1st Infantry Division, Kaduna

Voluntary Retirement - 1980

1982 - Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR)

MD, Niger-Valley Agro Industries, Ltd

MD, Tamsaks (Nig) Ltd

Chairman, Bridgestone Finance Ltd, Lagos

Chairman, American International Insurance Company

Director, Technoexportstroy

Director, Bendel, Bendel Feed and Flour Mills, Ltd

Director, Security Assistance, plc

Director, Broad Bank of Nigeria, Ltd

Director, Bone Feeds, Ltd

1st National VP, Poultry Association of Nigeria


1998 - Doctor of Law, University of Ilorin