Monday 29 April 2024


Akintunde Akinsehinwa was born in Ondo, Ondo State Nigeria on November 11, 1944. He graduated and obtained his (WAEC) diploma from Edopkolo Secondary School in Benin City, Edo State in 1963. Upon graduation he relocated to Ibadan where he worked as a clerk at the High Court.

At the inception of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967 Akintunde Akinsehinwa was recruited by the Nigerian Army and trained as a Cadet Officer at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State. 

Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa was 30 years old when he became the ADC to the then Head of State, the late General Murtala Muhammed, he was the youngest and lowest presidential Aide-de-camp in the history of Nigeria. The post is usually reserved for Lt. Colonel or Colonel.

On February 13th, 1976 after barely seven month in office, Murtala's motorcade was ambushed in an abortive coup in Lagos. Hail of bullets were unleashed on his black Mercedes and the Head of State died instantly. As the ADC Akinsehinwa survived the initial barrage of bullets and exited the limousine to return fire but was unfortunately overpowered and gunned down in a hail of bullets.

An autopsy report revealed 6 bullet wounds to his back. At 31 on Friday February 13, 1976 Lieutenant Akintude Akinsehinwa became the first Aide-de-Camp to die in the line of duty while serving a Nigerian Head of State.

Source: Historical Nigeria

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