BREAKING: Ex-Nigerian First Lady, Victoria Dies at 97

The wife of Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe (J.T.U.) Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nigeria’s first military head of state, Mrs. Victoria Nwanyiocha Aguiyi-Ironsi, is dead.

She reportedly died in the early hours of Monday at 97.

Aguiyi-Ironsi was killed in Ibadan in the counter-coup led by Murtala Muhammed and which led to the installation of then Colonel Yakubu Gowon as head of state.

Since the death of her husband, Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, never re-married.

Born on November 21, 1923, she was the second First Lady of Nigeria from January 16, 1966, to July 29, 1966, when her husband was assassinated in a counter military coup.

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