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BIAFRA: FACTS & HIERARCHY

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Independence : May 30, 1967
Capital: Enugu (Umuahia from Oct. 1967)
Population: 15 million
Area: 30,000 sq. miles
Ethnic Groups: Igbo, Ibibio, Efik, Ogoja, Ijaw, etc.
Resources: Palm produce, crude oil, coal, natural gas, limestone, iron ore,
cocoa, timber, etc.
Human Resources: 500 doctors, 700 lawyers, 600 hundred, 300 economists, etc.
University: University of Biafra, Nsukka [projected University of Port
Harcourt]
Head of State:
General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, jssc.
Chief of General Staff:
Major-General Philip Effiong
Chief Secretary:
Mr. N. U. Akpan
GOC Biafran Army:
Major-General Alexander Madiebo [replaced Brigadier Hilary Njoku]
Commander, Biafran Air Force:
Wing Commander G. I. Ezeilo
Commander, Biafran Navy:
Captain. W. A. Anuku
Director of Military Intelligence:
Mr. Bernard Odogwu
Military Assistant to the C-in-C:
Colonel David Ogunewe
Principal Officer to the C-in-C:
Colonel Patrick Anwuna
Prominent Division GOCs:
Brigadier Tony Eze, Brigadier Pat Amadi, Colonel Joe (‘Air Raid’) Achizie,
Colonel Nsudo, Colonel Iheanacho, Colonel Archibong, etc.
GOC, 101 (ROB Liberation Army): Brigadier Victor Banjo [later executed for
sabotage]
Inspector-General of Police:
Mr. P. I. Okeke
Chief Justice:
Sir Louis Mbanefo
Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice:
Mr. J. I. Emembolu
Special Advisers to the Head of State:
Dr. Akanu Ibiam & Dr. M. I. Okpara [respectively former Governor and Premier
of defunct Eastern Nigeria]
Biafra’s Roving Ambassadors: Dr. Nnamdi (Zik) Azikiwe (ex-President of
Nigeria, later left the breakaway republic); Dr. Kingsley Ozumba (K. O.)
Mbadiwe, Dr. Okechukwu. Ikejiani, Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike, Mr. Chukwuma
Azikiwe, etc.
Chairman , Consultative Assembly:
Dr. Alvan Ikoku
Chairman, Atrocities Commission:
Mr. G. C. M. Onyiuke
Chairman, Rehabilitation Commission:
Dr. S. E. Imoke
Chairman, Development Commission:
Professor A. Modebe
Chairman, Marketing Board:
Mr. C. C. Mordi
Relief Coordinator:
Dr. S. E. Cookey
Chairman, Food Directorate:
Mr. Bob Ogbuagu
Chairman, Housing Directorate:
Mr. P. O. Nwakoby
Commissioner of Home Affairs:
Mr. C. C. Mojekwu
Commissioner for Information:
Dr. Ifeagwu Eke
Commissioner for Health:
Mr. James Udo-Affiah
Commissioner for Transport & Communication:
Mr. Felix Iheanacho
Commissioner for Education:
Mr. M. T. Mbu.
Commissioner for Labor:
Mr. Emmanuel Aguma
Commissioner for Rural Development:
Chief Frank Opigo
Commissioner for Agriculture:
Professor Eyo Bassey Ndem
Commissioner for Forestry & Animal Husbandry:
Mr. U. O. Imo
Biafra Representative in London:
Mr. I. S. Kogbara
Biafra Representative in France:
Mr. Ralph Uwechue
Vice-Chancellor, University of Biafra:
Professor Eni Njoku
[ex-VC, University of Lagos]
Director, War Information Bureau
Dr. Michael C. J. Echeruo
Direct Military Aid:
Count Carl Gustav von Rosen (a Swede) of the “Biafran Babies” [Minicon
fighter planes] fame.
Relief Organizations:
Caritas International
World Council of Churches (WCC), International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC)
Nigeria Declaration of War:
July 6, 1967
Military Administrator of Republic of Benin (ROB):
Major (Dr.) Albert Okonkwo

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