A few hours after John Olu Irefin’s death was announced to the general public, the Kogi State Government revealed the plan to rename a secondary school after his name.
The state government while commiserating with the family of the late major-general and general officer commanding (GOC) six division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, assured that the Government Science Secondary School in Okedayo, Kogi State will be renamed after Irefin.
Naija News reported earlier that Irefin died from COVID-19 complications while attending the annual chief of army staff conference in Abuja.
According to the Kogi state government, Irefin’s death was “heart-rending”, recalling how the top military officer gave his late mother a befitting last honour recently.
Commiserating with the late officer’s family, a statement by the Kingsley Fanwo, the commissioner for information and communications reads;
“The Governor, Government and people of Kogi State regret the demise of an outstanding Army Officer who hailed from the State, Late Gen. Olubunmi Irefin.
“The late Army General who was the GOC, 6 Div. recently gave his late mum a befitting last honour. For him to die a few weeks after burying his mother is heart rendering. Like many outstanding Generals Kogi has produced, the Late Gen. Irefin was a chemistry of brilliance, bravery, courage and inalienable loyalty to the Nigerian nation.”
“For years, he defended Nigeria as a committed Army Officer and also the integrity of the Army. Nigeria has lost a Greenheart-fighter who gave all to his nation and her people.
“The Late General Olubunmi Irefin was not just a brave soldier; but also an accomplished scholar of repute. To this end, the Kogi State Government shall be putting in place, modalities to rename the Government Science Secondary School, Okedayo as Olu Irefin Science Secondary School, Okedayo.
“This is to inspire a new generation of Kogi youth to embrace hard work and excellence.”
In another news, Naija News reports that the commander of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu has been redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.