On June 26, 1926, Francis Adekunle Fajuyi was born. He was a Yoruba-speaking soldier from Nigeria. and the country of Nigeria’s former Western Region’s first military governor.

Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti, who had previously worked as a teacher and a clerk, enlisted in the army in 1943. In 1951, while serving as a sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron of the Royal West African Frontier Force, he received the British Empire Medal for his assistance in quelling a mutiny within his unit over food rations. Between July 1954 until November 1954, when he was short-service commissioned, he had his training at the Eaton Hall Officer Candidate School in the United Kingdom.

Major Fajuyi received the Military Cross in 1961 for his exploits in North Katanga and saving his unit from an ambush while serving as the ‘C’ Company commander with the 4 battalion of the Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment under Lt. Col. Price. After the Congo operations were finished, Fajuyi was appointed as the 1st battalion’s first indigenous commander in Enugu. He held this position until just before the first coup of January 1966, at which point he was sent to Abeokuta as the garrison commander. Fajuyi was chosen to serve as the Western Region’s first military governor after Major General Ironsi took over as C-in-C on January 17, 1966.

Along with General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, the Head of State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who had arrived in Ibadan on July 28 to speak to a conference of natural rulers of Western Nigeria, he was assassinated by the vengeful counter-coupists led by Major T. Y. Danjuma on July 29, 1966, in Ibadan. Six months prior, the Prime Minister, other senior government officials, mainly those of northern Nigerian descent, were all assassinated in the brutal coup of Prime Minister Sir Tafawa Balewa’s government.

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