Born on the 20th January 1942 in Shelleng in Numan Local Government Area of former Gongola State, (now Adamawa State) he had his early education in Shelleng and Yola before entering the Government (Barewa) College, Zaria in 1957 to 1961.
He joined the Army the following year and after attending the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna from April, 1962 to August 1962, and Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul from 1962 – 1965. H e was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April, 1965
During the civil war, he served as a Company Commander. On his return from the Command and General Staff College Fort Leaven-Worth, Kansas, USA from 1973 – 1974, he served as a Colonel, General Staff in Hq. 2 Infantry Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan from 1974 – 1975 followed by Principal Staff Officer, Surpreme Headquarters, Lagos from 1975 – 1976. He was appointed Governor of Benue State on February 3, 1976 and served till July 1978.
He is married to Halima Ada Mbi and are blessed with children.