40th Anniversary of Murtala Muhammed’s Assasination





Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Nigeria’s former military head of state General Murtala Muhammed. He was assassinated on February 13, 1976, on his way to work during an abortive coup. Full details of Murtala’s life and the events that led to his death are in my book Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture.


Murtala’s car was ambushed by a group of soldiers in Lagos and he was shot to death. Above is a photo of the bullet riddled car in which he was killed. Note the bullet holes in the windscreen.


Brigadier Murtala Muhammed Overthrows General Gowon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw8iHwN-V0s


US State Department Report on Murtala Muhammed: https://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/us-state-department-report-on-murtala-muhammed/


Murtala Muhammed’s speech on Nigerian democracy: https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/1851800698475/

The assassination of Murtala Muhammed:



Brigadier Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Speaks to the press about Coup Plot: https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/1849886570623/

Lt-Colonel Dimka speaks to the press: https://www.facebook.com/157457414278806/videos/1851800698475/

Lt-General Obasanjo announces execution of coup convicts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjEA83pgstg&list=PLTCNM3JtW0UlisCGV98STnBtiGoS7YTaZ&index=3

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2 responses

  1. Murtala was one of many african head of state assasinated by western intelligence agency the mossad,while brigadier joe garba was on official assignment outside the country he got wind that an israeli general was in nigeria,he knew from record his country has no diplomatic relation with nigeria,before joe garba could return four days later murtala has been assasinated.

  2. Horace Millar-Jaja | Reply

    Dafe can this be confirmed with any evidence,The rumor mill speculated the CIA sponsored the failed Dimka coup plot……its all smoke and mirrors in the cloak and dagger world of the coups and counter coups of that period.
    Murtala having been involved in all the coups from 29th July 1966 till he was killed, failed to take on board the cardinal rules of this game, your personal security.It is strange that the rather harsh measures he embarked on, it never crossed his mind that, junior or senior officers might attempt a counter coup…….This view is expressed extensively in Maxs book the Soldiers of Fortune, Nigerian Politics From Buhari to Babangida.
    A reference is even made that,General Obasanjo had warned Murtala about his personal security detail…….of course the rest is history.

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