General Benjamin ‘Black Scorpion’ Adekunle Is Dead

Benjamin AdekunleRetired General Benjamin Adekunle aka ‘Black Scorpion’ is dead.

He died Saturday morning in Lagos according to his wife, Folake.

Born in June 1936 in Kaduna, Adekunle served in the the Nigerian Army from 1958-1974.

Famous for renaming the 3rd Infantry Division to the 3rd Marine Commando without formal approval from the army headquarters, the ‘Black Scorpion’ as he later became known, was easily “the most controversial, celebrated and mythologized figure in the war of attrition that laid the foundations for Nigeria’s contemporary crisis; and threw a wedge into the national fabric”, according to Wikipedia.


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