Former President Ibrahim Babangida was the best man on the day his friend and coursemate, Major General Mamman Vatsa wedded his heartthrob, Safiya (nee Nwaeza Onwuka), an Efik from Calabar.

However, Mamman Vatsa was later implicated in a plot to overthrow President Ibrahim Babangida in 1985. Vatsa was arrested few days before Christmas in 1985 (four months after the advent of Babangida’s presidency), tried by a Special Military Tribunal headed by Major General Charles Ndiomu, and was executed in March 1986.

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