Major General Aguiyi-Ironsi July 29 1966

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Major General Aguiyi-Ironsi was assassinated on July 29th 1966.

This was the scene of his third and final burial.

Ironsi

His body had been initially buried in a shallow grave near to the spot where he had been executed alongside Lt. Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi on the outskirts of Ibadan.

 

The graves were discovered a few days later by a unit of the police Special Branch, disinterred and reburied at the military cemetery in Ibadan.

Over 100,000 people poured into the township to witness the burial in his hometown of Umuahia-Ibeku on Friday, January 20th 1967.

The central government which had replaced the Ironsi regime had declared three days of national mourning.

Standing around the grave before his gold-plated coffin was lowered into his final resting place were his widow Victoria (dressed in black) next to Lt. Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the military governor of the Eastern Region which would reconstitute itself as the secessionist state of Biafra; Commodore J.E.A. Wey, the Chief of Naval Staff and Lt. Colonel David Ejoor, the military governor of the Mid West Region. Also present in the front row on the left (arms folded in dark jacket) is Sir Louis Mbanefo, the Chief Justice of the Eastern Region.

My Father, Lieutenant Emmanuel Makinde was present in the background having accompanied Commodore Wey to whom he served as aide-de-camp.

Source of Photo: Top Foto.

Footage:

Major-General J.T.U. Aguyi-Ironsi’s State Funeral | January 1967 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdhjZzaAor8

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