Military Rebellion of July 29, 1975: The Coup Against Gowon – Part 3

The Nine Point Plan In October 1970, Gowon announced a six-year nine-point plan, which he said, must be accomplished “before the government of the country can be handed over with a full sense of responsibility”. The points were as follows: Reorganization of the Armed Forces. Implementation of the National Development Plan and reconstruction of wartime …

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SPECIAL BRANCH REPORT: Military Rebellion of 15th January 1966

This is an incomplete Police Report on the official investigation into theevents of 15 January 1966, entitled:  “Military rebellion of 15th January1966″.  It was prepared by Police Special Branch Interrogators based oninterviews with soldiers, other ranks and some officers who had beenarrested after the January 15, 1966 mutiny.  None of the soldiers andofficers involved had …

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The Vatsa Conspiracy (Part 2) – Some Biosketches

MAJOR GENERAL MAMMAN VATSA Major General Mamman Vatsa was born on Dec 3, 1940.  After attending secondary school at the Government Secondary School Bida, Niger State, he joined the Nigerian Army on the December 10, 1962.  Following preparatory training at the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna, he was sent to the Indian Military Academy. General Vatsa attended …

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The Place Of Armed Forces In The Emerging Regional Scene

INTRODUCTION  Thank you for the invitation to present this lecture to and partake in a discussion with participants of National War College Course 13.    This lecture is part of a series of lectures on the development of defence and security policy.   As charged by the Commandant, my specific task is to: “a).       Discuss the global scene and …

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Military Ranks: Rejoinder to Mr. Tajudeen Bakre

The central point Mr. Bakre disputes is that “the post-colonial Nigerian Army (NA) traces its origins to 1863 when British Naval Lt. Glover established ‘Glover’s Hausas.”  He seems to have a problem with the official Nigerian Armed Forces account of its history. This point, I must say, is very well established in numerous historical accounts of the Nigerian …

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