Chief (Captain) E. S. Ejeh is the Ad’Idoma of Idoma Land (Rivers and Bayelsa States). And on Saturday, April 16th, community, friends and family gathered to celebrate his 70th birthday at the Air Assault Golf Club in Port Harcourt.
The world was just settling down from the crack and turbulent period of World War II when Edward Sule was born on April 12, 1945 at Opaha in the then Ochekwu District of Otupko Division, now Apa LGA, Benue State, North Central of Nigeria. His father Ejeh was a prominent farmer, an experienced blacksmith, Chief Priest and Doctor who specialized in circumcision and unraveling of supernatural situations through divination (using sand, cowries and ‘anwa’ shells). His mother, Onyela was a farmer and house wife of very gentle disposition. It was the era of colonial administration as well as a growing awareness of political agitation in West Africa.
He attended Bens Commercial College, Kaduna where he obtained a Diploma in Store Keeping. Turners Asbestors Cement Company, Kaduna employed him as Deport Supervisor in 1966. One year later, he started working for the United Nigeria Textiles Limited as a designer. Although his employers were pleased with his performance and wanted him to undergo advanced training in China, he opted to join the Nigerian Army and was employed by the Ministry of Defence in 1968. This was the period the Nigerian civil war was gathering momentum and heating up intensively.
At the age of 24, and a 2nd Lieutenant, Edward Sule Ejeh was Adjutant, 164 Infantry Battalion, Nigerian Army, Aba (1970-1972). Between 1973-1974 he was Camp Admin Officer, 15 Infantry Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt; 1974-1976 as Staff Captain ‘Q’ (In charge of Equipment/Quarters), 15 Infantry Brigade Nigerian Army, Yola.
Promoted as Lt. E. S. Ejeh, he was the first Aide De Camp (ADC) to then Col. M.D. Jega, the first military governor of Gongola State (1978-1978), now the Emir of Gwandu, retired as a Major General. Thereafter, E.S. Ejeh attained the rank of Captain and was Administrative Officer at Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos (1980-1983).
From 1983-1985 Captain E. S. Ejeh was Officer in-charge, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement and Recruitment Centre, Rivers State. Concurrently he was the Chairman, Special Investigation Bureau Panel, Rivers State Government, Port Harcourt.
Captain E. S. Ejeh was retired from the Nigerian Army in October, 1985 and became the Security Manager at the then National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (Nafcon), Onne, Port Harcourt (1986-1996). Subsequently, he was Security Consultant (1996-2003) and Security Coordinator (FIELD) with Elf Petroleum Limited, Port Harcourt (2004-2006).
Now as a grandfather, he enjoys golfing, squash racket ball, lawn tennis, snooker/billiards, and swimming. He lives in Port Harcourt.
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