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Colonel John Mark Inienger
Colonel John Mark Inienger
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Compiled by Osamede Osunde Last Update August 20, 2022

Colonel John Mark Inienger was appointed Military Governor of Bendel State on September 3, 1985.

He was Commander of the 4th Mechanised Brigade, Nigerian army Benin City and acted as Governor whenever the incumbent was on leave.

John Mark Inienger was born on 16 April 1945 at Mbaduku, Vandeikya local government area of Benue State.His father was Tiv from Mbaduku, and his mother was from Bebuabung in the Cross River State town of Obudu.He had his primary education at Mker between 1952-1959.

Between 1960 and 1963, he was at the Nigerian military school, Zaria where he had his secondary education. He graduated from the military school in 1963 and enlisted in the Nigerian army electrical and mechanical engineering corps where he trained as a technician. He rose to the rank of a corporal before being selected for the short service officers' training course at the Nigerian defence academy in 1967 and was commissioned an officer the same year. since then, he has attended various schools and officers' courses both home and abroad. These include young officers' course Nigerian military training college, Jaji,1970, and all arms tactics course, Nigerian military training college, Jaji 1971 others are, canadian land forces command and staff college Kingston Canada, 1974 command and staff college, Jaji 1977-1978 and battalion commanders' course, Nigerian army school of infantry Jaji, 1981.

He has also neld various appointment in the Nigerian army including adjutant, 22 infantry battalion 1967-1968, various company and battalion command appointment between 1969-1973, brigade major I. Brigade Nigerian arny 1973-1974.

Others are instructor, Nigerian army school of infantry 1975-1976, Director staff command and staff college, Jaji, 1978-1980, commanding officer, Nigerian battalion to Lebanon,1980-1981 and staff officer one, (GSO) operations, army headquarters 1982-1983.

Later posts were Commander of the Brigade of Guards at Nigerian Army Headquarters, Lagos (1988–1989) and ECOMOG Field Commander in Liberia (1993–1996). During his period as ECOMOG commander during the First Liberian Civil War, conditions were chaotic as warlords sought to capture sufficient territory to be rewarded after the eventual peace. Inienger was quoted as saying "There was an orchestrated campaign of calumny against ECOMOG to discredit it, its neutrality, and impartiality... ECOMOG was being described as an army of occupation". By April 1996 his troops were hard pressed to maintain control in the capital, Monrovia, against militiamen engaged in looting.Major-General John Mark Inienger returned from Liberia in 1996 and was appointed Commandant,Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.

He retired as a  Major-General in 1999. Died on 8 February 2002 while travelling by car from Jos to Makurdi.

Compiled by Osamede Osunde (info@edoworld.net)

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