Today In Nigerian History: 3rd March

Aguiyi Ironsi, July 29, 1966

On this day in 1924: Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi was born to Mazi Ezeugo Aguiyi’s, in Umuahia-Ibeku, present-day Abia State.

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.

– Also, on this day in 1929, The United Africa Company was formed by the joint agreements of The African & Eastern Trade Corporation and the Niger Company (Owned by Lever Brothers Limited).


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