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Nigerian Military ruler, late Gen. Murtala's ADC was 1st to die in line of duty...


In the history of Nigeria....February 13th.
1st Aide-de-Camp to die in the line of duty (Nigerian History).
He was the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the late Nigerian Military ruler, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed.
Born in Ondo, South-Western Nigeria, he was with the Nigerian Army Signal Corps as an officer and served under Murtala before he became head of state in 1975.
When Murtala took over, Akinsehinwa was made the Aide-de-Camp. The Commander-in-Chief had chosen him specifically for his virtues of hardwork and intelligence. Then he was just 30, and the youngest ever Presidential ADC in the nation's history.
But on that dark 13th of February of 1976, he was with his boss when their motorcade was attacked by coup plotters.
They were in a simple, black Mercedes Benz which had no bulletproof exterior.
The Head of State was killed in a shower of bullets immediately 
Same with the driver of the car, Sergeant Adamu Michika and the Orderly Staff Sergeant Michael Otuwu was seriously injured but later survived.
Akinsehinwa survived the first bullets, came out of the Benz limousine and returned fire at the attackers. But, he was overwhelmed and cut down in a fiery hail of gunshots.
A postmortem examination showed six bullet wounds in his back.
He was the very first ADC to die in duty while protecting a Nigerian head of state and the first of its kind in our modern world. He was 31.
In 1983, the Government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari gave him posthumously, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)

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