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Thursday, 25 January 2018


As the nation gears up for the eagerly anticipated 2019 General Elections, a renowned Legal practitioner and retired military officer,Colonel Abayomi Dare, has declared his intention to vie-for the Kogi West Senatorial District seat. 

  If given the mandate to serve, Col (Barr) Abayomi who is from Kabba, in the Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State, has expressed his determination to collaborate with the State and Federal Governments to take development to every part of his constituency.

Yomi who is contesting under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has also pledged to create employment opportunities, enhance youth empowerment, attract basic infrastructure through good representation among others.

He further expressed his readiness to promote constituency projects that would reflect the basic need of the people as well as sponsor bills that will enhance the welfare of the people.

Yomi was born in Bornu State. For his elementary education, he attended St Georges Primary School, Zaria, St Georges School Falomo, lagos and Holy Trinity Transferred School Lokoja, between 1966 and 1972. For his secondary education, he attended Ijumu Anglican Secondary School. Iyara, Government Secondary School. Koton-Karfe, Crowther Memorial College Lokoja, between 1972 and 1977.

He started his military career in 1979, after gaining admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Combatant Course.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1982. His initial posting was to 29 Mechanised Infantry Battalion, Nguru, Bornu State. From there, he was posted to 123 Guards Battalion, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos. As a young officer, he served as Aide de camp to former Military Governors of Oyo State between 1985 – 1988.

The renowned barrister is a holder of the Nigerian Defence Academy Certificate of Education, Bachelor of Law, Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy and Masters in Strategic Studies from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and the University of Ibadan, respectively.

He is also an Alumnus of the Defence Institute of International Legal Studies, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, where he studied legal Aspects of combating Terrorism, Military Law development Programme and Peace Keeping in accordance with the Rule of Law.

Yomi Served in the Nigerian Contingent in ECOMOG as a Prosecuting Counsel. During the course of his Military Career, he had the privilege of holding several appointments and also served in various locations both within and outside Nigeria. He later rose to the position of Director of Army Legal Services of the Nigerian Army.

As a Major, YOMI gave a good account of himself in 1996, as the Commander of the Multi National Military Police Force under the United Nations Mission Assistance to Rwanda. Among others, he was saddled with the responsibility of the security of lives and properties of members of the United Nations and other international communities in Rwanda. He was awarded the United Nations Medal on completion of his tour of duty. 

  Yomi is an ardent believer and fighter for Equity, Justice and Rule of Law. He detests corruption and injustice in all its ramifications. He has to his credit, published and unpublished works. He served in the Nigerian Army for a period of 36years, 5months and 19days, from 28th June 1979 to 16th December 2015. He was awarded certificate of Military service in recognition of a meritorious service to Nigeria.
Yomi is a well decorated officer and a gentleman. His Decorations include - Forces Service Star [FSS], Meritorious Service Star [MSS], Distinguished Service Star [DSS], Silver Jubilee Medal [SJM], Golden jubilee Medal [GJM], Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group [ECOMOG] United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda medal, Passed Staff College [PSC], and fellow of the National War College [FWC]. 

He has attended several workshops and seminars within and outside Nigeria. He is a member of some notable professional and social organisations, amongst which are; Nigerian Bar Association, World Justice Forum, American Society of Industrial Security, to mention but a few. 

Yomi enjoys discussing contemporary current local and international topics. He appears on the Channels TV, discussing National Security issues and advising on way forward.

Presently, Colonel Abayomi Dare (Retired), is the Principal Partner in the Law Firm of Yomi Dare And Co. He is also a Security Consultant. He is based in Lagos, with presence in all the states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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