Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka was said to have masterminded the abortive military coup of February 13, 1976 against the government of General Murtala Mohammed. After he and a group of officers (consisting of Major Rabo, Captain Parwang and Lieutenant Seri) had killed the general, along with his aide-de-camp Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa , Dimka made his way to Radio Nigeria where he made this broadcast.
Good morning fellow Nigerians,
This is Lt. Col. B. Dimka of the Nigerian Army calling.
I bring you good tidings. Murtala Muhammed’s deficiency has been detected. His government is now overthrown by the young revolutionaries. All the 19 military governors have no powers over the states they now govern. The states affairs will be run by military brigade commanders until further notice.
All commissioners are sacked, except for the armed forces and police commissioners who will be redeployed.
All senior military officers should remain calm in their respective spots. No divisional commanders will issue orders or instructions until further notice.
Any attempt to foil these plans from any quarters will be met with death.
You are warned, it is all over the 19 states.
Any acts of looting or raids will be death.
Everyone should be calm.
Please stay by your radio for further announcements.
All borders, air and sea ports are closed until further notice.
Curfew is imposed from 6am to 6pm.
Thank you. We are all together.
He planned to make a second broadcast but the coup was crushed. Lieutenant Colonel Dimka later fled to eastern Nigeria from the premises of Radio Nigeria
He was eventually arrested and following a court martial, Lieutenant Colonel Dimka and several military officers and civilians were executed by firing squad.
This video is of Dimka listening to his recorded confession and commenting on it.on the 13th March 1976