Former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has disclosed Enugu as the place where his formation had the fiercest battle during the civil war of 1967.
IBB explained that although, the battle was tough but the city was eventually captured.
He told Vanguard in an interview in his Hilltop Mansion in Minna, Niger State that: ”I was in Sector one of the 1st Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna and as such we started from Otukpo and then moved into the axis going to Enugu.
”It was our formation that eventually captured Enugu. We fought through Nsukka, Okigwe, Ninth Mile corner and other towns. That was the initial stage of the war but as the war raged, we changed from Enugu to Umuahia, Ubilagwu and Uzuakoli. I was badly hit at Uzuakoli.
”Uzuokoli was very fierce but getting into Ninth Mile in Enugu, the fiercest because of the terrain. That was very difficult because of its humid and undulating topography. Climbing and coming down from it with heavy weapons was very challenging.”
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