On the 15th of January 1966, the Nigerian army led by Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, carried out the first military coup in Nigeria. They attacked the cities of Lagos, Ibadan, and Kaduna as well as blockaded the Niger and Benue Rivers.
In the early hours of Jan 15 1966, Nzeogwu turned “Exercise Damisa” into a military coup.
They stormed the Premier’s lodge and Nzeogwu personally conducted a search, found Bello and shot him.
In Ibadan, the Premier of the western region; Chief Samuel Akintola, was
Thus, General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi took over power and arrested the coup plotters.
After 6 months, a counter-coup was arranged; 'the return match' and was planned by northern Nigerian soldiers.
Many Igbo civilians and soldiers were also killed in the Northern parts of the country.
This made thousands of Igbos move to the south-east and in 1967, Ojukwu declared Biafra.