TODAY IN HISTORY; General I.D. Bisalla and Other February 1976 Coup Plotters Were Executive, See Them

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General Iliya D. Bisalla was executed along with 30 other officers on March 11, 1976, for being involved in the abortive coup of February 13, 1976 in which General Murtala Muhammed was killed.

A total of 125 people were arrested in connection with the coup. Forty were released, but 32, among them the defense minister, Maj. Gen. I. D. Bisalla, received death sentences. They were executed at the Kirikiri prison shooting range.

General Bisalla being led to the stake

General I.D. Bisalla was implicated by Colonel Dimka’s confessions during investigations into the abortive coup. Bisalla was controversially convicted of conspiracy and concealment of treason by the secret Special Military Tribunal. He declared that he was innocent and needed no priest for prayers because he believes he will make heaven.

Bisalla was General Hassan Katsina’s coursemate at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Before becoming the Defense Commissioner, he was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1st Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army from September 1969 to December 1973, and also Commandant of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna.

List of coup plotters executed on March 11, 1976

1. Major I.D. Bisalla

2. Warrant Officer II Monday Monchon

3. Captain J. F. Idi

4. Lieutenant Colonel A. R Aliyu

5. Captain M. Parvwong

6. Staff Sergeant Richard Dungdang

7. Sergeant Sale Pankshim

8. Colonel A. D. S. Way

At the stakes

9. Lieutenant Colonel T. K. Adamu

10. Lieutenant A. B. Umaru

11. Captain A. A. Aliyu

12. Captain S. Wakins

13. Lieutenant Mohammed

14. Lieutenant E. L. K Shelleng

15. Lieutenant Colonel Ayuba Tense

16. Captain Augustine Dawurang

17. Major M. M. Mshelia

18. Lieutenant William Serin

19. Major I. B. Ribo

20. Major K. K. Gagra

21. Captain M. R. Gelip

22. Mr. Abubakar Zakari

23. Lieutenant Peter Ggani

24. Warrant officer Emmanuel Dakup Seri

25. Major J. W. Kasai

26. Sergeant Bala Javan

27. Warrant officer II Sambo Dankshin

28. Major Ola Ogunmekan

29. Lieutenant O. Zagni

30. Lieutenant S. Wayah

31. Sergeant Ahmadu Rege……………Review More

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