Born on August 16, 1947 in Kurmi-Bi, Zonkwa in Kachia LGA in Kaduna State, Col. Ishaya Bakut attended Government College, Kaduna, 1961 – 1965 on Shell BP Scholarship.
The following year he entered the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna for his basic military training and on graduation in March, 1969, he was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as second Lieutenant.
Some of the courses he attended include ABU Zaria for B.Sc Engineering (1971 – 1975), United States School of Engineering 1977 – 1978; Command and Staff College, Jaji 1979 – 1980; Indian National Defence College, New Delhi 1985 for his M.Sc.
Some of his duty posts include Company and Battalion Commander in the Infantry during the civil war, 1969 – 1970, Commander 41 Engineers Brigade Kaduna 1976; Senior Operations Officer, Operational Engineering. UNIFIL Lebanon April 1980 – Feb. 1981, Directing Command and Staff College, Jaji 1981 – 1983, Army Hqrs. Lagos as Colonel General Staff, Directorate of STaff Duties and Plans and Commander 41 Engineers Brigade, Kaduna from where he was appointed Military Governor of Benue state on September 18, 1986.
Col Ishaya Bakut is married to Victoria Ijeoma and they blessed with children. He is now a retired General.