Akintunde Akinsehinwa was born in Ondo, Ondo State Nigeria on November 11, 1944. He graduated and obtained his (WAEC) diploma from Edopkolo Secondary School in Benin City, Edo State in 1963. Upon graduation he relocated to Ibadan where he worked as a clerk at the High Court.
At the inception of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967 Akintunde Akinsehinwa was recruited by the Nigerian Army and trained as a Cadet Officer at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State. Akintunde was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after 6 months of training and deployed to the war front joining the famous 3rd Marine Commando Division (3MCDO) under the command of Colonel Benjamin “Black Scorpion” Adekunle. Second Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa saw action in Calabar in an offensive to squash the secession of the Biafran Separatists Movement.
At the end of the war in 1970 Lieutenant Colonel Akintunde Akinsehinwa was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant after completing a Signal Officers Training Course. Akintunde was posted to Arakan Signals Barracks in Apapa, Lagos as an officer of the Nigerian Signals Corps.
Akintunde Akinsehinwa was appointed Staff Officer to then Brigadier General Murtala Mohammed who was the Brigade Commander at Arakan. When Brigadier General Murtala Mohammed was appointed Minister of Communications by the General Yakubu Gowon regime he took Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa as his Personnel Staff Officer and Technical Advisor.
In a June 29, 1975 coup d’tat by junior military officers who wanted to bring Nigeria back to civilian rule General Mohammed was made Head of State succeeding General Yakubu Gowon. Although General Mohammed was involved in the July 1966 coup that took out the General Aguiyi-Ironsi regime he was not directly involved in the coup that made hime Head of State.
General Murtala Mohammed appointed Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa his Aide-de-Camp upon becoming Head of State a position reserved for senior ranking officers like a Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel effectively making Akintunde Akinsehinwa at age 30 the youngest and lowest ranking Presidential Aide-de-Camp in Nigeria’s history.
General Murtala Mohammed won popular support and quickly rose to national hero status based on his sweeping policies. General Mohammed’s motorcade was ambushed by an assassination squad in an abortive coup d’tat lead by Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka including Major Rabo, Captain Parwang and Lieutenant Seri on Friday February 13, 1976 in Ikoyi Lagos. His non bulletproof Mercedes Benz limousine was riddled with bullets instantly killing General Murtala Mohammed, his Driver and Orderly.
Akintunde Akinsehinwa survived the initially assault exiting the limousine to return fire but was unfortunately overpowered and gunned down in a hail of bullets. An autopsy report revealed 6 bullet wounds to his back. At 31 on Friday February 13, 1976 Lieutenant Akintude Akinsehinwa became the first Aide-de-Camp to die in the line of duty while serving a Nigerian Head of State.
The Nigerian government quickly took ownership of the cash and transaction. The Nigerian government caught in a shady (illegal) arms deal with the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria as the front man. Nigerians believe these so called men of God are beyond reproach; meanwhile they commit the greatest crimes against humanity in Nigeria today.
Twelve Nigerian soldiers were sentenced to death for “mutiny”, the penalty for firing shots in the air as they watched the bodies of their fellow soldiers brought in after an ambush by Boko Haram and to show their dissatisfaction at how ill equipped they are in the fight against terror. If the Nigerian government should carry out the executions of these brave hearts then I believe all pastors in Nigeria should also face the firing squad.
Now if the Sultan of Sokoto is caught in the same act Mr. Oritsejaforis guilty of he would be labeled a Boko Haram financier by the Christian population of Nigeria. Truth be told all pastors mega or not are the biggest crisis facing Nigeria today not Boko Haram or Ebola. – @OgbeniAyotunde
Nigerian soldiers went on a rampage today on Ikorodu Road Lagos, burning BRT buses and beating up innocent citizens just because a BRT bus hit one of theirs. This is typical of an army that sees the country as their battlefield. They never fail to take out their frustrations on the citizens they are sworn to protect.
These pussy soldiers would not enter Sambisa Forest to rescue the abducted girls but shoot at their commanding officer for commanding them to enter the forest and rescue the girls.
You see Nigeria is one country where soldiers parade the country in uniform, when soldiers are supposed to remain on bases and barracks unseen by the general public except in time of war.
Nigeria runs on a federal system, meaning we have a federal police and states that depend on operating Naira from the federal government, this plus a corrupt political system scared shitless of the army thus leaving the states powerless to prosecute these rogue soldiers. Rest assured these rouge soldiers would go unpunished.
Wilfred Akor 22 Years Nigerian Army veteran vents about the gross levels of corruption in Nigeria. The Liberia and Sierra Leone civil wars veteran was imprisoned in a Nigerian Army prison for 2 years for speaking against corruption.
When am on the road in Nigeria and happen to go through a Nigerian Army checkpoint, a soldier almost always pull me out just to have a chat. They think I must be one of Ojukwu’s sons, they tell me I have a striking resemblance to him and at the end of our chat they always seem unconvinced that an not related to him. They believe I have the same confident attitude of Ojukwu as a young soldier. A compliment which I take with a big head.
To say the least I can’t help but feel big headed after I was given a special escort from the outskirts of Yola to the Ribadu family home in Yola town. Look in these guys you have the most powerful and intelligent army in Africa, keeping the peace in Somalia, Darfur, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chad, Congo, East Timor, Yugoslavia…
Nigerian Army foreign policy in the 70’s and 80’s was to end aparthied in South Africa also playing a significant role in the independence of Zimbabwe (formally Rhodesia), Namibia with Nigeria making financial contributions to liberation movements in South Africa and the front line states of Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe which were harassed constantly by South Africa.