Fidelis Oyakhilome (born 13 April 1939) was Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1986 during the military administrations of Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida. Oyakhilome was born on April 13, 1939 in Ewu, Ishan in Edo State. He joined the Nigerian Police Force in 1959. He studied Law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife (1965–1968) and then at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos (1968–1969), being called to the Nigerian Bar on graduation. Oyakhilome became Chief Superintendent of Police, Criminal Investigation Division of the Rivers State Police Command, Port Harcourt (1972–1974). He served in Grenada (1975–1977). He became military governor of Rivers State in January 1984 after the military overthrow of the Nigerian Second Republic. On 19 April 1984, Oyakhilome signed the edict establishing the Rivers State School of Basic Studies, later to become the Rivers State College of Arts and Science in Port Harcourt. As governor he successfully increased agricultural output in the state. His "School to Land" program made headline news, but was later abandoned as enthusiasm waned.
|Date of birth|
|April 13th, 1939|