Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dimka Coup: Obasanjo Set Me Up, Says Gowon

THISDAY ONLINE: "Twenty-two years after he was mentioned in the February 13, 1976 coup that claimed the life of the then Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, General Yakubu Gowon at the weekend denied his involvement and blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for masterminding his (Gowon) inclusion in the list of suspects.
Restating his innocence in the putsch that was led by Col Bukar Suka Dimka, who was then commander of the Army Corps of Physical Education, Gowon said his name was included in the list of suspects following a directive by then Head of State, General Obasanjo to the trio of Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, late Maj-Gen Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Theophilus Danjuma and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Allison Ayida. Gowon was subsequently declared wanted by the Obasanjo regime."