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Aguiyi-Ironsi, Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 1966 AD

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.