The head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, Lieutenant General Olusegan Obasanjo, announced in a television and radio broadcast on Saturday (15 May) the execution of the Colonel who led an abortive coup against the Nigerian Government on 13 February this year.
SUC Lieutenant Obasanjo speaking on television screen
OBASANJO: "The Supreme Military Council has been meeting to consider among other things, the conclusion of the military tribunal appointed by the Federal Military Government to try those involved in the abortive coup of thirteenth February. The Council has confirmed the sentences passed by the Tribunal. Those condemned to death by firing squad have been executed today. These include Lieutenant Colonel B.S. Dimka and Mr. J.D. Gomwalk - two of the principal actors of the abortive coup.
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Background: The head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, Lieutenant General Olusegan Obasanjo, announced in a television and radio broadcast on Saturday (15 May) the execution of the Colonel who led an abortive coup against the Nigerian Government on 13 February this year.
The Nigerian leader said that the rebel officer, Lieutenant Colonel B.S. Dimka, was executed by a firing squad earlier on Saturday. Also executed by the same firing squad was Mr. J.D. Gomwalk, a former senior official. On 11 march, thirty other people were executed for their roles in the abortive coup.
In his broadcast, Lieutenant General Obasanjo told Nigerians that Britain had refused to extradited General Yakubu Gowan, the 40 year-old former head-of-state who was deposed in July, 1975, and who is now a university student in England.
The Nigerian Government has said that the abortive coup had been aimed at restoring General Gowon, and it wants him to return to Nigeria to answer charges that he was involved. The General has denied any connection with the unsuccessful coup.
General Murtala Mohammed, who was head-of-state at the time of the abortive coup, died in the rebellion.
(This film is serviced with a sound extract of Lieutenant General Obasanjo's broadcast on television. A transcript of the extract is provided below)