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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Gen. Ironsi watching a mortar concentration at Kachia near Kaduna in 1966

Gen. Ironsi watching a mortar concentration at Kachia near Kaduna in 1966, shortly before his overthrow and assassination. Some Northern soldiers wanted to make attempts on Ironsi's life on this trip, but were dissuaded by Northern elders who warned against spilling Ironsi's blood in the North. This was why Ibadan was chosen as the theatre for the July 29 1966 coup.



The murders and subsequent hounding of most of the men in this picture (and their kinsmen) led to the need for the Aburi Accord, its failure, and the resultant civil war, which lasted for three years.

L-R: Lt. Col. Imo, Major Obioha, Lt. Col Okoro (with umbrella), Lt. Col. A. Madiebo, Major Ogbemudia (with map), Col. Wellington Bassey, Maj. Gen. A. Ironsi, Lt. Col. O. Kalu, Lt. Col. M. Shuwa, Lt. Col. J. Akagha etc.

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