Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
1. thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi
First Nigerian Military Head of State who came to power soon after the first Military Coup in Nigeria on January 15, 1966. He was a Sergeant Major, served at the Ordinance Depot, Freetown, and 1943 1946. Commissioned 2nd Lt. in 1949, served in West African Command, Accra. Posted to Command Ordinance Depot. Lagos. He was commissioned in 1952 and served as ADC to Sir John McPherson. Promoted Captain, served as Extra Equerry to the Queen of England in Nigeria. 1956, led the Nigerian Battalion in the UN Mission in Congo 1957 1960. He was the Nigerian Defence Adviser, London; Commanded the UN Force in Congo, 1961 1964. Fiewas the First General Officer (GOC) Commanding the Nigeria Army 1965, became the Supreme Commander and Head of State of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, 1966. He was killed in counter military coup on July 29, 1966
He was honoured in the entire Commonwealth and the United Nations as an Icon of Bravery, Loyalty. Integrity and Honesty.
Gallantry medal (was awarded by the Austrian Government
1. headed the Nigerian contingent force of the United Nation peace keeping force in the Congo (now Zaire).
He had his military training at: • Eaton Hall. UK • School of Infantry, Westminster UK. • Company Commander’s Course. Westminster. England UK He had varied military postings in many parts of the British Empire before the Independence in Nigeriain 1960. He was the most senior Nigerian Army officer who took over the General Command of Nigerian Army after the departure of the British Commander, Major General MC Evans in 1964.
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