The remains of Lt. Col. Anthony Okoro Eze (Rtd.) Nigeria’s first commander, Nigeria Army Signals were laid to rest at his Amangwu Arochukwu home on Saturday the 20th of August, 2016.
His body was received at Nkwunabo on Friday the 19th of August by the patrons and executive of Nzuko Aro. It then made a brief stopover at the palace of Eze Aro before onward movement to Amangwu were it was received by the Eze Ogo after which it lay in state in his compound for a Christian wake keep.
A requiem Mass was held in his honour at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Amankwu on the 20th of August. After the service with the arrival of his corpse at his home, members of the Nigeria Army took over and accorded the last military respect before his corpse was lowered to the grave.
An officer and a gentleman, Nsibiri Aro was born in Umuahia on 13th of April, 1933. He attended Government College, Umuahia; Regular Officers Training School, Teshie, Accra; Officers Cadet School, Aldershot; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the School of Signals, Catt rick, York’s U.K.
Ugwu Aro was Commander, Lagos Garrison before the outbreak of the Nigeria Biafra war. He was retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2000.
A national patron of Nzuko Aro, he served as Chairman, Land Use and Allocation Committee, Imo State, was Director, Nigercem and Target International Ltd.
He was decorated with the UN Congo medal for his outstanding contributions in service delivery. He left to mourn him, his wife Joan, three children and grandchildren.