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Aguiyi-Ironsi, Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe

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Born: 1924 AD
Died: 1966 AD, at 42 years of age.

Nationality: Nigerian
Categories: General, Head of State, Military Officer, Presidents, Soldier

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1924 - Aguiyi-Ironsi was born in Umuahia, Nigeria on March 3, 1924.

 

1942 - Joined the Nigerian Army.

 

1948 - Became 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal West African Frontier Force.

 

1953 - Promoted to the rank of Captain.

 

1955 - Promoted to the rank of Major.

 

1960 - Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

 

1961 - Headed the Nigerian contingent in the United Nations Force.

 

1964 - Promoted to the rank of Major General and became the head of the Nigerian Army in February.

 

1966 - Became the first military Head of State of Nigeria after a military coup and commanded the Armed Forces. He was killed durin a coup d'etat that took place on July 29, 1966.


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