List of political Assassinations in Nigeria (Reviewed)


Nigeria’s Police chief, Sunday Ehindero, alerted the National Assembly of the alarming security situation in Nigeria just before the 2007 elections; “Now coming down to the security situation in the country in relation to the 2007 elections, I have to inform you that we have arms in large quantities in our society; proliferation of arms and ammunitions in our society…There is a big threat of proliferation of arms and ammunitions in this country. Some politicians do carry arms during rallies. Students have been caught with arms and ammunitions on their way to conventions, armed robbers carry sophisticated arms more than ever before. Cultism is rampant in our colleges, polytechnics and universities; some students’ cultists have turned to armed robbers; some have been turned into tools in the hands of some politicians. So in this post we will be looking at political assassinations in Nigeria since the assumption of independent.

Also read: “The Future of Pan Africanism” Nnamdi Azikiwe, (1962)

From May 1, 2005 to August 22, 2006, over 1, 265 armed robbery suspects were arrested, 724 arms recovered and 27, 825 ammunitions were also recovered. It is a truism that election plays an important role in our democracy; in fact, without election, there cannot be democracy. However, elections since the 1960s have had their own problems of violence and acrimony.

List of political Assassinations in Nigeria

January 15, 1966Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Prime Minister of Nigeria
January 15, 1966Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria
January 15, 1966Samuel Akintola, Premier of Western Nigeria
1966Festus Okotie-Eboh, government minister
July 29, 1966Adekunle Fajuyi, Military Governor of Western Nigeria
July 29, 1966Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Head of State of Nigeria
February 13, 1976Murtala Mohammed, Head of State of Nigeria
October 19, 1986Dele Giwa, journalist
1996Kudirat Abiola
December 23, 2001Bola Ige, justice minister of Nigeria
October 16, 2011Modu Bintube, Borno state legislator
July 2, 2016Gideon Aremu, Oyo state legislator and lawmaker.

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