ORKAR’S COUP: FG OFFICIALLY GAZETTE MUKORO, OGBORU, OTHERS PARDON

Written by on August 17, 2020

TEN MILITARY OFFICERS AND A CIVILIAN WHO WERE DECLARED WANTED IN THE ABORTIVE ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT ON APRIL 22, 1990, CAN NOW HEAVE A SIGH OF FREEDOM, AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALLY GAZETTES THE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON GRANTED THEM.

THEIR FORGIVENESS WAS CONTAINED IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA OFFICIAL GAZETTE.

THE OFFICERS ARE MAJOR SALIBA DADDY MUKORO; MAJOR C.O OBAHOR; MAJOR G. EDOJA; CAPTAIN BEN OZIEGBE, CAPTAIN SOWARIBI TOLOFORI; LT. PATRICK OBASI; LT. SUNDAY ECHENDU.

ALTHOUGH THEY WERE ALL GRANTED A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON BY FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO ON MAY 25, 2007, THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL GAZETTE TO BACK IT UP.

ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES, LT. SUNDAY ECHENDU, WHO IS BASED IN NORTH CAROLINA, USA, APPRECIATED THE GOVERNMENT FOR FINALLY DOING THE RIGHT THING.

THE THEN FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT HAD ON JULY 26, 1990, EXECUTED 42 SOLDIERS WHO STAGED AN ABORTED COUP ON APRIL 22, IN A BID TO TOPPLE FORMER PRESIDENT IBRAHIM BABANGIDA.

AMONG THOSE KILLED WAS THE RINGLEADER, MAJ. GIDEON ORKAR, WHO HAD COMMANDED THE APRIL 22 ATTACK AND PREMATURELY ANNOUNCED BABANGIDA’S DOWNFALL ON NATIONAL RADIO.


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