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Who is Akpan Utuk?

In 1967, with the start of the War Utuk, a native of Ibibio, joined the Biafran Army and quickly rose in ranks. Utuk is said to have fought at most of the large-scale battles during the war.
When Utuk was made colonel he was put into command of the Biafran 16th Division to defend the city of Owerri from the oncoming Nigerian Army. When General Benjamin Adekunle decided to invade Aba instead of Owerri, he was pleased and decided to stay back
and let Major Timothy Onwuatuegwu handle the Nigerians. After separate battle at Aba and Umuahia Utuk did not expect the Nigerian Army to arrive. On September 17, 1968 General Benjamin Adekunle attacked Owerri.
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There are facts we've studied as Historians that many do not know

1)Opkoroko(stock fish) saved many children from death.The protein, iron and oil component cured their Kwashiokor. Red Cross brought them from Norway.

2)The unprepared Biafran army...
gave the Nig. Army a good run at the beginning. Under 3 years, they refined their Oil, built Bombs(Ogbunigwe), amoured vehicles and tanks, air bomber etc.
3)Young Biafran women pretended to be old, wore ragged clothes, rubber ashes, stayed by burning fire so that they may not be raped by the soldiers.
4)Nig. Soldiers entered the University of Nigeria Library and tore books and took them saying 'Na these books..
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