JANUARY 16, 1966
1966: Soldiers revolt in Lagos, Enugu, Ibadan and Kaduna: Balewa and Okoti Eboh missing
The Council of Ministers of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigera issued the following statements in that: “In the early hours of yesterday morning, a dissident section of the Nigerian Army kidnapped the prime Minister and the Minister of Finance and took them to an unknown destination”.
“The G.O.C. and the vast majority of the Nigerian army remain completely loyal to the Federal Government and are already taking all appropriate measure to bring the situation under control. All essential public services continue to function normally”
“The above scenario in Lagos thus signalled the overthrow of the Federal Government by the Nigerian Army in a coup ‘detat’ – Daily Times Nigeria