Nigeria’s Oldest World War II Veteran, Pa Aduku, Dies At 101

The Nigerian Army’s oldest surviving soldier, Pa Adama Aduku, died on Tuesday. He died at age 101.

The army made the news of the death of the World War II veteran public on its Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Pa Aduku’s last public appearance was in 2019 at the Nigerian Army Day Celebrations in Lagos, where he was presented with an award of excellence by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

Aduku reportedly joined the Nigerian contingent fighting for the British colonial army in Burma and Egypt during the Second World War II.

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Aduku’s death was also confirmed by one of his relations on a Whatsapp platform, belonging to the Director, Defence Information, Defence Headquarters, on Wednesday morning.

“This gallant soldier could not make it into 2020. We lost him yesterday (Tuesday). Rest in peace, great uncle,” the relation, Nats Odaudu, wrote.

Aduku was born in 1918 in Abejukolo-Ife, in the Omaha Local Government Area of Kogi State and he joined the army in 1945.