Of all those who died in the January 15, 1966, first Nigerian Military Coup, which was led by Late Major General Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, only Samuel Ladoke Akintola died fighting back. Chief Ladoke was the 13th Aare Ona Kakanfo - that is, the Field Marshal General of all of Yorubaland from 1964 to 1966.
In the early hours of January 15, 1966, during the first coup, the military struck and Samuel Ladoke Akintola was assassinated at the premier’s lodge at Ibadan by a team of Nigerian soldiers led by Captain Emmanuel Nwobosi.
He was later buried in his hometown, Ogomosho on January 23, 1966, as the entire community wore a sad, sober and mournful look and a literal end, to the life of an Aare Ona Kakanfo who had fought a war with his tongue, his pen and his strength.
With the demise of the previous Kakanfo, Aare Latosa who was in charge for 16 years from 1871 - 1885, no one had the courage to accept the title because of the alleged mysterious curse and death associated with it.
Since Alaafin Ajagbo inaugurated first Aare Kokoro Gaagan of Iwoye in 1650, no Aare was expected to live long and enjoy his reign as well as a soft death.
Akintola was killed brutally by Captain Emmanuel Nwobosi, during the coup and the curse continued when his successor Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola also died of mysterious circumstances in July 1998.
The mantle of the Aare Ona Kakanfo had been vacant for 19 years until Otunba Ganiyu Adams was invested with it as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo by Alaafin Adeyemi III of the Oyo empire, on October 14, 2017.
The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogomosho, is named in his honor. Other numerous places in the country are also named after him.
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