Buhari’s 1983 coup : Shagari’s Arrest and Detention of Democratically elected Governors and others for corruption
After forcefully bringing down the price of stockpiled commodities, The new head of state Major General Muhammad Buhari after the Buhari’s 1983 coup ordered for Shagari’s Arrest and Detention of Democratically elected Governors and others for corruption
A list of Politicians was accused of corruption. These politicians were investigated. detained and tried. These politicians numbered in the hundreds, perhaps a thousand and they are majorly the Who’s Who in the second republic
The names of the Arrested and detained Politicians Include :
Alex Ekwueme: Shagari’s Vice president (deposed), and also the first architect in Nigeria
2. S.G Ikoku: Vice to Aminu Kano ( Presidential Candidate of People’s redemption party) and later became an adviser to president Shagari before the coup led by General Muhammad Buhari
3. Lateef Jakande: The first democratically elected Governor of Lagos state
4. Micheal Adekunle Ajasin: The first democratically elected president of Ondo state
5. Aper Aku: The first democratically elected Governor of Benue state
6. Clement Isong: The first democratically elected Governor of Cross River state
7. Bola Ige: The first democratically elected Governor of Oyo state
8. Bisi Akande: The first Governor of Osun State, he was the vice governor to Bola Ige, but he became the governor of Osun state when Osun state was separated from Oyo state
9. Abubakar Rimi: The first democratically elected governor of Kano state
10. Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe: First democratically elected Governor of Imo state
11. Adamu Attah: First democratically elected governor of Kwara state
12. Jim Nwobodo: First democratically elected governor of Anambra state
13. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu: Ex-military Governor of eastern Nigeria in 1966 and the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.
The List goes on with the head of it topped by Alhaji Shehu Shagari whose arrest led to coup’s sole reported casualty and who remains in detention pending trial. Early in April, the supreme military council announced final plans for a special military panel to try an initial 175 Politicians and businessmen (out of the 700 or so investigated) on changes of ”economic crimes” (Globe and Mail, April 3, 1984). The Panel began its work in May.
For all its more less well-conceived measures and pro-announcements, the new military regime, up to the end of its much-touted first hundred days, had not formulated a consistent direction, much less a coherent Program. its cumulative record so far might be indignant( albeit measured) actionism. Nevertheless, the contours of a general program can be tentatively inferred from what has been done ( as well as left undone) and said by the new governing class.
That was how the Shagari’s Arrest and Detention of Democratically elected Governors and others for corruption happened after the Buhari’s 1983 coup :
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