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Rare Pictures of 1976 Coup Plotters Who Assassinated Late Head Of State

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– Coups and counter-coups are a major feature of Nigeria’s political development

– The first military coup, led by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu, was carried out shortly after independence on January 15, 1966

– A bloody counter coup, championed majorly by northern officers six months later, was a revenge against the first coup

– The bloody 1976 putsch was another of such coups which exposed the power play among the country’s military elite that dominated power until 1999 democratic rule

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo's military regime (FULL LIST, PHOTOS)

The coup plotters ambushed the late Murtala official car around Ikoyi while he was on his way to the mosque and pumped bullets into the car, killing him instantly

Since the independence of Nigeria from the British fifty-six years ago, a few days hold more significance than one bloody day forty-one years ago. On March 11, 1976, a violent military coup took place in Lagos, the then capital of Nigeria that altered the course of history.

On March 11 2017, the day came and went quietly, like a thief in the night. Not many Nigerians, especially the new generation of our country men knew what happened that led to the assassination of a sitting head-of-state. Precisely on March the 1976 coup led by Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka was against the military regime of late General Murtala Mohammed.

The coup which took place on February 13, 1976, led to the assassination of General Mohammed. Although, the coup was aborted, the plotters were arrested by General Olusegun Obasanjo who was the second in command to the late military ruler. Obasanjo was installed as Murtala Muhammed successor after the coup

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While some of those who took part of coup were executed, others, were given various sentences depending on their level of participation. A list of the plotters, shows those executed on March 11, 1976:

1. Major I. D Bisalla

2. Warrant officer 2 Monday Monchon

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

3. Staff Sergeant Richard Dungdang

4. Sergeant Sale Pankshim

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5. Lieutenant Colonel A. R Aliyu

6. Captain M. Parvwong

7. Captain J. F. Idi

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

The team led by the chief coup plotter, Lt. Col. Dimka were arrested General Olusegun Obasanjo-led military regime

8. Captain S. Wakins

9. Lieutenant Mohammed

10. Lieutenant E. L. K Shelleng

11. Lieutenant Colonel Ayuba Tense

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

The General Olusegun Obasanjo-led military regime took over power immediately

12. Colonel A. D. S. Way

13. Lieutenant Colonel T. K. Adamu

14. Lieutenant A. B. Umaru

15. Captain A. A. Aliyu

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

Some of the coup plotters were executed on March 11, 1976

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16. Captain Augustine Dawurang

17. Major M. M. Mshelia

18. Lieutenant William Seri

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

Others were given various sentences depending on their level of participation.

19. Major I. B. Ribo

20. Major K. K. Gagra

21. Captain M. R. Gelip

22. Mr. Abubakar Zakari

23. Lieutenant Peter Ggani

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo’s military regime

24. Major Ola Ogunmekan

25. Lieutenant O. Zagni

26. Lieutenant S. Wayah

27. Sergeant Ahmadu Rege

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo’s military regime

28. Sergeant Bala Javan

29. Warrant officer 2 Sambo Dankshin

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo’s military regime

30. Warrant officer Emmanuel Dakup Seri

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31. Major J. W. Kasai

Those executed on May 17, 1979, were:

1. Bula Suka Dimka

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo’s military regime

2. Joseph D. Gomwalk

3. Lieutenant S. Kwale

4. Warrant officer H. E. Bawa

5. Colonel I. Buka

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo’s military regime

6. Major J. K. Afolabi

7. H. Shaiyen

Those jailed for life were:

1. S. K. Dimka

2. D. Contulla

3. Gyang Pam

4. Captain C. Wuyep

5. Captain A. A. Maidobo

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6. Warrant officer 2 E. Izah

7. Sergeant I. Bupwada

8. Second lieutenant A. Walbe

1976 coup plotters and how treated by Obasanjo's military regime (LIST)

1976 coup plotters and how they were treated by Obasanjo’s military regime

9. Major A. K. Abang

10. S. Anyafodu

11. Helen Gomwalk

12. Captain Peter Tembong

Other prison sentences:

1. Captain I. Gowon – 15 years

2. J. Tuwe – 10 years

3. Lieutenant Colonel J. S. Madugu – two years

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