Funeral of the Military Governor of Western Region, Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, Ado-Ekiti, 1967. He joined the army in 1943 as a sergeant with the Nigeria Signal Squadron. He was trained in Nigeria and the United Kingdom and rose to become the commander of the 1st battalion in Enugu. After the January 1966 coup, Fajuyi was posted to Abeokuta as a garrison commander.
He was appointed the first military governor of the western region after General Ironsi became the head of state.
In 1961, he was awarded the Military Cross for his outstanding bravery and actions in being able to save his unit from an ambush in North Katanga in Congo during the war, he had previously been decorated with the British Empire Medal in 1951 for assisting the prevention of a rebellion against authority (mutiny) in his unit over food rations.
Fajuyi was assassinated by coup plotters on July 29 1966 led by Major T.Y Danjuma (General Staff Officer II, SHQ), Lt. Col. Murtala Muhammed, (inspector of signal), and Martins Adamu.
Colonel Fajuyi, Lt. Nwankwo, and General Aguiyi Ironsi were arrested and abducted on the orders of Major T.Y Danjuma who was accompanying General Ironsi on a nationwide tour to Ibadan.
Col. Fajuyi was not the target but immediately became a victim when the troops arrived at the government house.
He was beating mercilessly right from the government house before the three were driven out of the government’s house in three separate vans led by Lt. William Walbe.
They drove towards Iwo road where the three men were forced down and led toward a farm in Lalupo before Lt. Nwankwo escaped.
Fajuyi and Ironsi were shot immediately after Nwankwo’s daring escape by the coup plotters.
The Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA, Ikeja was named after him.