How Ahmadu Bello And Samuel Akintola Were Killed During The First Military Coup In Nigeria

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The first military coup in Nigeria took place on the 15th of January, 1966, it has strongly influenced the life of Nigerians in every area of life. The 1966 coup was fast, it looked like a small revolution which made things only worse exposing the vulnerability of Nigeria.

Chief Samuel Akintola was a politician, lawyer, journalist, and administrator. He was the Premier of the Western Region and the Aare Ona Kakanfo (generalissimo) XIII of Yorubaland. He was one of the founding fathers of modern Nigeria.

Samuel Akintola was in Kaduna as guest of the Sarduana of Sokoto on January 14, 1966, just a few hours to the coup. He warned his host of an impending plot on January 15. The Premier of the old Western Region, even advised that both should flee to Niger Republic. Bello did not listen Akintola. According to

However, Ahmadu Bello was killed in the sanctity of his own home together with his wife and his security assistant. Akintola, the Premier of the old Western Region, was gunned down in the presence of his family.

The President, Nnamdi Azikiwe was on a cruise into the Caribbean Islands. The acting President did not know whether he should swear in a new prime-minister. Then Ironsi met the cowering politicians and asked full powers to confront the mutineers. The cabinet agreed. Ironsi assumed the title of the Supreme Commander…..S££ MOR£

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