Today In Nigerian History: 2nd February

Aguiyi Ironsi, July 29, 1966

On this day in 2002 in Lagos, Nigeria, fight broke out between militants of the Yoruba and Hausa tribes. At least 55 people were killed over the next 2 days as fighting spread…

– On this day on 2 February 1942 Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi, a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State enlisted in the Nigerian Army was born. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the January 15, 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the July Counter Coup.

– On this day in 2003, a powerful explosion destroyed a bank and dozens of apartments above it on Lagos Island, and relief workers reported at least 46 killed and many more trapped.

– Also on this day in 1895, Consul-general Claude Maxwell MacDonald received letter from King Koko offering to release hostages in exchange for redress of grievances against the Company. This request was declined.


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