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Calls for sustainable National Shipping Line, As the storm gathers: My advice for Yoruba leaders By Bola Bolawole, COVID-19: NCDC reports 137 new infections, total now 63,173 in Nigeria, Manchester City in charge of Group C after 3-0 win over Olympiakos, President Buhari receives briefing from Committee on Maritime Security, Trump claims victory, vows legal challenge over alleged fraud, Russia 2018: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria; Step-up your game – Chukwu urges team; Gombe fans blame loss on players’ errors; Adamawa FC chairman says there’s still hope, 2018 Commonwealth Games : Adequate preparation will ensure Gold for Nigerian athletes – Ambode …Receives Queen’s Baton at Lagos House, We are ready to host U-20 FIFA Women World  Cup – Gov. His unpublished manuscript has attracted much attention, including that of Olusegun Obasanjo, an army general and now former President of Nigeria. Official reports document his body was found in a sitting position by a tree, next to the body of finance minister Festus Okotie-Eboh, who had been shot and was at the centre of corruption allegations.

[6], The 1954 Nigerian Athletics Championships saw him establish himself among the nation's best high jumpers. Ifeajuna also shot Lieutenant Colonel Abogo Largema at a hotel in the Ikoyi district of Lagos.

He was also a member of the prestigious Sigma Club, University of Ibadan, a socio philanthropic student organization, organizers of the annual Havana Musical Carnival in the institution. Okafor sought to capture Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari, Ifeajuna's commanding officer.

[9] Ifeajuna was also a close friend of Emeka Anyaoku, later Commonwealth Secretary-General.

He played a role in the 1966 Nigerian coup d'état. They were hastily tried and sentenced to death by firing squad for treason. Photograph: A Ademoyega . The shutdown was prompted by the manslaughter trial of Ben Obumselu, the student union president and friend of Ifeajuna. Born in Onitsha,[2] he attended Dennis Memorial Grammar School in his home town and displayed the characteristics that would later define his life. As Ohaeto writes: “Okigbo also brought another manuscript to Citadel Press which was from Emmanuel Ifeajuna, one of the plotters of the 15 January 1966 coup. [21], Ifeajuna's legacy within Black African sports history has been overshadowed by his political actions following his feats.

He graduated from high school in 1951. He enrolled in a science degree at the University College of Ibadan in 1954 and became involved within the institution's student politics movement. [3] Nigeria performed well internationally in the high jump in that period – Joshua Majekodunmi had been runner-up at the 1950 British Empire Games,[7] and three Nigerian jumpers made the top twenty at the 1952 Olympic high jump. [4], Dissatisfied with the direction his country had taken during the First Nigerian Republic under Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ifeajuna became a conspirator in a plot to overthrow the government. [3], 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, "The Inside Story Of Nigeria’s First Military Coup (I)", "Emmanuel Ifeajuna: Commonwealth Games gold to facing a firing squad", "EMMANUEL IFEAJUNA – The Man Called Emma Vancouver", "E Ifeajuna, old student of Ilesha Grammar School", "1966 Coup: The last of the plotters dies", "The Inside Story Of Nigeria’s First Military Coup (2)", "Why I killed Victor Banjo, Ifeajuna and others – Ojukwu", "The Key Players of the 1966 Rebellions-Where Are They Today? [12] Nkrumah's regime was overthrown shortly afterwards and Ifeajuna returned to Nigeria after assurances from Emeka Ojukwu that his life would not be at risk. [4], Upon completion of his science degree he went into teaching, being posted at Ebenezer Anglican Grammar School in Abeokuta. Uche Chukwumerije, a contemporary and later a senator, remembered Ifeajuna being active in political agitation, but also claims that he was less willing to be involved in the protests themselves. A jump of 6 feet 5.5 inches (1.97 m) meant Ifeajuna was chosen to represent his country at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, alongside Nafiu Osagie. [3] The high jump had an African sweep of the medals that year, with Uganda's Patrick Etolu finishing behind Ifeajuna and Nigeria's Osagie taking third place. He then began to move against the coup conspirators. [7] Ifeajuna received a hero's welcome upon his return to Lagos and was paraded through the streets before speaking at a civic celebration. Ifeajuna led his brigade to the house of Prime Minister Balewa and arrested him. [2] He scorned the corruption and anarchy that resulted from mismanagement of the government. Ifeajuna and his three co-conspirators were executed on 25 September 1967. [10] Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was the face of the coup attempt, which involved five other army majors: Timothy Onwuatuegwu, Chris Anuforo, Don Okafor, Adewale Ademoyega and Humphrey Chukwuka.

It was Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna. Given his studies, Ifeajuna has been regarded as one of the intellectual drivers of the conspiracy and he wrote an unpublished manuscript on the reasoning for the 1966 Nigerian coup d'état attempt. A Nigerian Police Special Branch report, its first part partially redacted and the second part missing, stated that Ifeajuna, Don Okafor and Captain Ogbu Oji were the creators and protagonists of the coup plot in 1965, with Ojukwu only becoming involved at a late stage. LATEST NEWS IN NIGERIA BREAKING NEWSPAPER HEADLINES, The first time Emmanuel Ifeajuna appeared before a crowd of thousands he did something…, From Winning Gold For Nigeria To Facing A Firing Squad: The Intriguing Story of Emmanuel Ifeajuna, [VIDEO] “A Great Honour’ – US President, Donald Trump Excited As Supporters Hold Parade For Him In Nigeria #Election2020, “It Is Only In Nigeria People Just Shut Down Universities And Walk Away” – FG Slams ASUU, US Presidential Election: Donald Trump And Joe Biden Go Head-To-Head In Race For White House #ElectionNight, BREAKING: Josep Maria Bartomeu Resigns From Post As Barcelona President, Lekki Massacre: “We Are Getting A Clearer Picture Of Things…Lagos Will Be Stronger” – Sanwo-Olu Says #EndSARS. An Igbo from Onitsha, he was a science graduate University College of Ibadan and became involved in politics, later joining the military. He underwent training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, United Kingdom. He was the brigade major in Lagos. [16] Upon his death in 2011, former Biafran leader Ojukwu received the highest military accolades from Nigeria and his funeral was attended by the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan[17][18][19], In a 1992 interview, Ojukwu dismissed claims that Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was the leader of the plot, as was widely believed.

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While fellow 1966 coup maker Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu has been decorated as a war hero and had a statue erected in his hometown, Ifeajuna has received little posthumous recognition. Ifeajuna, Victor Banjo, Phillip Alale and Sam Agbam were accused by Ojukwu of negotiating with the federal Nigerian officials, via British agents, hoping to bring about a ceasefire, overthrow Ojukwu, and gain prominent positions for themselves.