AGUIYI-IRONSI, (Gen) Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe

Born 3 March 1924

Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

Maj. Gen



Thomas Umunnakwe
was a senior Nigerian military officer and the first Nigerian Military Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of States from the 16th of January 1966 until his assassination on the 29th of July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern Nigerian soldiers who were led by Major Theophilus Danjuma , Major Ibrahim Badamusi Babangida, and General Murtala Mohammed were army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the July Counter Coup.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Lady Victoria Nwanyiocha Aguiyi Ironsi
State of Origin: Abia State
Father's Name Mazi Ezeugo Aguiyi
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name
Mother's Status Deceased

1. thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi

Profession Soldier , combatant , Elder statesman
Working Experience In 1960, Aguiyi-Ironsi was made commandant of the fifth battalion in Kano, Nigeria , 1960, he headed the Nigerian contingent force of the United Nation peace keeping force in the Congo (now Zaire) , commandant of the entire United Nations peace keeping forces in the Congo (Zaire). , general officer Commanding, GOC of the entire Nigerian Army 1965 , military head of state on 17 January 1966.
Previous Appointments:

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

Umuahia. Calabar and Kano before enlisting in the Nigerian Regiment of the colonial West African Frontier Force in 1942

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.

29 July 1966
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