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Paul C. Tarfa
Governor of Oyo State

In office
July 1978 – October 1979
Preceded by David Jemibewon
Succeeded by Bola Ige

Major General Paul C. Tarfa is a Nigerian military officer who was appointed Governor of Oyo State, during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, handing over to the elected civilian governor Bola Ige.[1] He was appointed commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.[2] Under the military rule of General Murtala Mohammed (July 1975 – February 1976), Lieutenant-Colonel Tarfa became Provost Marshall General and was responsible, reporting to General Theophilus Danjuma, for the clean-up campaign in the four divisions of the army. He was then given the almost impossible task of reducing traffic congestion in Lagos.[3] He was appointed Governor of Oyo State from July 1978 to October 1979.[1] When Ernest Shonekan came to power in November 1993, the Federal Government set up the Major-General Paul Tarfa Panel to undertake a one-year probe of the activities of the Nigeria Customs Service.[4]


  • Paul C. Tarfa, Olugbemiga Akin-Williams (2007). Profile in courage. Spectrum Books. ISBN 978-029-796-0. 


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. Ibrahim Biu (20 March 2008). "Gen Tarfa States Recipe for Progress in Adamawa". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  3. Simone K. Panter-Brick (1978). Soldiers and oil: the political transformation of Nigeria. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 0-7146-3098-5. 
  4. "Brief History of NCS". Nigeria Customs Service. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

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