From left, Amb. Abayomi Akintola; Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Osun SSG, Alhaji Mashood Adeoti during the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Ibadan, Oyo State
The scion of the family of the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Ambassador Abayomi Akintola, has given graphic details of the almost twenty-hour siege that culminated in the brutal assassination of his father, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, during the 15 January, 1966 coup.
He insisted that the body of his father was not mutilated by the mutineers as widely believed, but confirmed that the invaders abandoned his blood-soaked body at the entrance of the building.
The former Nigeria Ambassador to Hungary recounted the 1966 harrowing experience during a lecture marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Akintola, held at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, on Thursday.
The event was attended by the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; his predecessor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala; Secretary to the Osun State Government, Alhaji Mashood Adeoti; a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide; Senator Brimmo Yusuf, among others.
Also on Friday, the governor led others to lay wreaths in honour of the country’s war heroes during the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Remembrance Arcade, opposite the Government House, Ibadan.
Ajimobi said, “It is pertinent to remember gallant solders that have laid down their lives to sustain the unity of our dear country. We will continue to support them even when they are no more.”
The General Officer Commanding, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Laz Ilo, described the programme as a good way of giving honour to the fallen soldiers, whom, he said, did their best and paid the supreme price for the unity, …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper