Buka Suka Dimka

Buka Suka Dimka Biography / Profile

Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka was born in Northern Nigeria.

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Buka Suka Dimka Early Life

He was commissioned as a Second-Lieutenant from the Australian Army Officer Cadet School, Portsea, into the Nigerian Army on December 13th, 1963. He and another officer (Lt. Boniface Ikejiofor ) were the first two Nigerian Army officers to train in Australia and successfully complete the 12 months course at the school with cadets from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands.

Buka Suka Dimka Career

Dimka, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian army (an officer of the army physical training corps), led the February 13th, 1976 abortive military coup against the government of General Murtala Ramat Mohammed. Dimka also participated in the Nigerian Counter-Coup of 1966 which toppled the government of General Aguiyi Ironsi.

Then Lieutenant with the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna,he  was one of the many officers of northern Nigerian origin (including Lt Colonel Murtala Muhammed (coup leader who Dimka would ironically conspire against and murder 10 years later), 2nd Lieutenant Sani Abacha, Lieutenant Muhammadu Buhari, Lieutenant Ibrahim Bako, Lieutenant Ibrahim Babangida, and Major Theophilus Danjuma among others), who staged what became known as the Nigerian Counter-Coup of 1966 because of grievances they felt towards the administration of General Aguiyi Ironsi’s government which quelled the January 15th, 1966 coup. Dimka along with Lieutenant Dambo are alleged to have shot and killed Lieutenant Colonel Michael Okoro, Commander of the 3rd Battalion during the July mutiny. Another act of notoriety from the July mutiny was Dimka’s pursuit and probable intent to murder his Brigade Major (Samuel Ogbemudia).

Before the mutiny, Major Ogbemudia had detained Lieutenant Dimka for violating an order forbidding unauthorized troop movement. Under interrogation by Ogemudia, Dimka complained of ethnic victimization and was subsequently released by Ogbemudia. Vexed by Ogbemudia’s treatment of him, Dimka hatched a plot to kill Major Ogbemudia. Fortunately, Ogbemudia was tipped off by Major Abba Kyari and Colonel Hassan Katsina who provided an escape Landrover armed with an SMG gun. Dimka marshaled a group of northern soldiers who pursued Ogbemudia (sometimes shooting) all the way from Kaduna to Owo, Ondo State where Ogbemudia abandonded his Landrover (which had run out of fuel) and scaled a 6 foot fence into a dense jungle to escape Dimka and his soldiers.

Buka Suka Dimka Personal Life

Suring his millitary ordeal, Dimka sought refuge in the arms of an old girlfriend in Afikpo in the then Anambra State. Describing his capture, An indigene of the town, Chief Jasper Okoro, a native of Afikpo now in Ebonyi State, said; "There was a young man, a teacher about my age, his name is William Eweozor; he was one of those who could spot Dimka even if it was in the dark. As the boy was driving his father’s Mobilet, he spotted somebody (Dimka) who disguised himself wearing turban; he was strolling near the Afikpo mosque; so when he was strolling along the major road in the area along Eke market road; it is a very popular road William Iweozor came to some people and announced that he had seen Dimka." He publicly executed on May 15th, 1976 at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison in Lagos.

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