Former Chief of Army Staff General Victor Malu is dead.
He was 70 years old.
Details surrounding his death are still scanty.
Born on 15 January 1947, Malu was Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) from 1999 to 2001 and Force Commander of the ECOMOG peace-keeping force in Liberia from 1996 to 1998.
Malu’s health started degenerating in September 2008 when he went into a coma. He was rushed to Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he was placed on life support in the intensive care unit.
Later he was transferred to a hospital in London, and after treatment for stroke, he was discharged from the hospital to his Central London home in April 2009.
In 2013, the COAS during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government started going in and out of the hospital. At one time, he was in Saudi Arabia also for medical tourism.
Victor Malu chaired the tribunal that tried General Oladipo Diya and other officers for attempting to overthrow the Sani Abacha regime in 1997. Malu was commander of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peace-keeping force ECOMOG from December 1996 to April 1998 during the First Liberian Civil War