Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna was a Nigeria/Biafran soldier that was executed and murdered during Nigeria civil war after he was accused of siding with the federal government of Nigeria to fight against his Biafra brothers. Biafra war lord, Odumegwu Ojukwu didn’t waste time to execute him in 25 September 1967 over an alleged plot against him (Odumegwu Ojukwu). . .
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Ifeajunna was well known entity in Nigeria before joining the military.
He was a graduate of science in one of the Nigeria prestigious university (university of Ibadan). He participated in an athletics with numerous awards of both local and international, in which he was recorded as the first black African common Wealth Gold Medalist.
However, when Ifeajunna later joined the Nigeria military, he was generally known as the most brutal Nigerian military officer ever.
He was recorded among the plotters of Nigeria’s bloodiest coup together with the following names according to face2facea Africa, they includes, “Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, Timothy Onwuatuegwu, Chris Anuforo, Don Okafor, Adewale Ademoyega and Humphrey Chukwuka. “ After the failed plot, which was prevented by Major – General Johnson Aguiyi – Ironsi, that later took over power to become the first military head of state. Ifeajunna on the other hand to save his life, freed to Benin, then moved to Ghana where he was highly welcomed by Kwame Nkrumah, though didn’t stay long in Ghana before Nkrumah was dethroned from office of president.
He returned to Nigeria in assurance of Odumegwu Ojukwu to protect his life from Nigeria government. Ojukwu who struggled for Biafra nation to divide away from Nigeria as the leader of the Republic of Biafra gave his trust to Ifeajunna to work together as a brother.
Upon that, Ifeajunna betrayed Ojukwu’s trust when was accused of a deadly plan to plot against the Biafra leader amidst the Nigeria civil war in 1967 which brought to his life end. But before he was executed, Ifeajunna disclosed to the Biafrans that it’s too late and that the Nigeria is already among in their midst.
In his word he said “You may kill me now, but I am afraid it is too late. I am sorry for you all because it won’t be long before they get all of you. The Nigerians are already in your midst. “
His statement broke the heart of many Biafrans in the struggle which caused so much annoyance over his act of his terrible betrayal to his brothers.
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Besides all Ifeajunna terrible acts in the military, his remarkable records before joined Nigeria military still hard to forgotten.