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January 15, 1966 Was A National Coup –   By Frank Excellent 


The February 15 1966 cannot be possibly tagged an Igbo coup. It involves all the ethnic regions in it’s execution. I would have agreed with you in some extent if you had  said that there were more Igbos than the rest but the reason why it is so cannot be farfetched because as at that time, there are higher percentage of Igbo officers than  the rest of other ethnic groups. 

This is a list comprising the names and the ethnic backgrounds of those behind the coup. Study there ethnic background and be the judge yourself. 


1. Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (Delta Igbo)

2. Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of ?Why We Struck?

3. Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba)

4. Maj. Emmanuel Ifeajuna (Igbo)

5. Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba) author of ?The Reluctant Rebel?

6. Lt. R. Egbiko (Esan)

7. Lt. Tijani Katsina (Hausa/Fulani)

8. Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba)

9. Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali)

10. Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt)

11. Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo)

12. Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw)

13. 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa)

14. 2nd Lt. John Atom Kpera (Tiv)

15. Don Okafor (Igbo)


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