Who was first Military Head of State with luxury Rolls Royce Phantom as official car?


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Take a quick guess on the name of the first Nigerian leader to have used the luxury Rolls Royce Phantom as official car. See answer here!

Many Nigerians, especially older citizens, obviously know who Aguiyi Ironsi was in the political history of the country. In case you don’t know as well, he was the first military Head of State after the failed 15 January 1966 coup. Late General Aguiyi Ironsi held the position of Head of State from 16 January 1966 to 29 July 1966 before he was killed by a group of rebellious soldiers.


Aguiyi Ironsi was captured storming the Government House in Ibadan in a Rolls Royce Phantom

He was reported to have paid a visit to the Government House in the popular city of Ibadan as part of a national tour before he was assassinated. Aguiyi Ironsi during his nationwide tour stormed the ancient city of Ibadan in style in a Rolls Royce Phantom III.

The late military Head of State was assassinated the following day at the Government House in Ibadan, where he was hosted. According to historical reports, the entire place was surrounded by armed soldiers led by notable military personnel including the likes of General Murtala Mohammed, Theophilus Danjuma and Major General Ibrahim Babangida.


Late General Aguiyi Ironsi was the first Military Head of State in Nigeria after the failed 1966 coup

Unfortunately, Aguiyi wasn’t the only one killed during this attack as his host, Lt. Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, who was the Military Governor of Western Nigeria, was also killed and their bodies dropped in the forest close-by.

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Major-General Aguiyi-Ironsi visiting Ibadan the day before his assassination | July 28th, 1966

The Rolls Royce Phantom III used by the Late General Aguiyi Ironsi was the last model produced before the pre-war era. It made its debut in 1936 as a successor to Phantom II. Surprisingly, it was the only Rolls Royce model with V12 engine before the introduction of Silver Seraph in 1998. The Phantom III comes powered with a V12 7.32-liter aluminum alloy engine.

Rolls Royce still believes that ninety percent of its manufactured cars are still very much active plying different roads on the planet.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.


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