Group Captain Adebayo Hamed Lawal was born on September 14, 1941 in Offa, Kwara State. He attended Government College, Ibadan from 1955 – 1962 where he obtained both West African School Certificate and Higher Education Certificate.
After enlisting into the Nigerian Airforce in 1963, he was trained as a Military Pilot in West Germany, graduating in 1964. Since then, he attended many Commands in the Airforce including Commander, Port Harcourt Base (1969 – 1970); Commander Kano Base (1972 – 1973) and 1975 – 1977; Commander, Makurdi Base (1977 – 1978).
Appointed Military Administrator of Benue State in 1978, Group Captain Lawal is married with children. His hobbies are swimming, hunting and sports.