Some Yoruba Army Officials who Fought in the side of Biafra to defend ndị Igbo.

1. Lt. Col. Victor Banjo

One of the first graduates to join the army alongside Ojukwu and others.
Banjo led the 3,000 strong Biafran brigade known as the "Liberation Army of Nigeria"
and also called the "Midwest Expeditionary Force" in the planned invasion of Lagos. His forces reached Benin within 12 hours on August 9,1967. By this time, Nigerian forces had captured Biafran towns of Obudu, Garkem, Ogoja, Nsụka heading to Enugwu and Bonny to PH.
Lt Col Banjo was the highest ranking Yoruba in the Biafran army.

2.Major Wale Ademoyega

One of the five majors that toppled the government of Balewa on Jan 15,1966, he was released from Warri prison during the Midwest invasion in August 1967 by a battalion led by Major Chukwuka
another of the five Jan 15 majors. He first commanded the Biafra newly reorganised 19th Battalion but replaced Ifeajuna as the "Liberation Army" Quartermaster General when he (Ifeajuna) was recalled back to Enugwu with his commander—Col Victor Banjo.
Ademoyega wrote a book on the Jan 15 coup entitled "Why We Struck". He was arrested by federal soldiers after the war, faced the military commission and was detained until October 1974.

3.Capt Ganiyu Adeleke.

He was one of the Jan 15 officers released by Ojukwu.
He cordinated the Biafra 18 Battalion at Ọnịcha as Infantry Company commander with Major Chukwuka in readiness for the Midwest invasion. He distinguished himself in the charge toward Ore and later became an instructor at the Biafra School of Infantry.
Biafran soldiers who took part in the Midwest invasion were released from prison in 1974 after Gowon granted them pardon but Capt Adeleke, Lt Col Ochei and "Col Hannibal" Achuzia were exempted from pardon and remained imprisoned.
4. Lt Fola Oyewole

He also joined in setting up the Biafra 18th Battalion at Ọnịcha and commanded the D Company that liberated Ughelli, parts of Sapele and Warri during the Midwest expedition.
Lt Oyewole is one of the first soldiers to write a very instructive book on the civil war entitled "The Reluctant Rebel". It is a credible account of the civil war from the eyes of an active Biafran army commander who is not from the East.
Oyewole is also one of the Biafran soldiers detained by the federal government after the war and released in 1974.

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