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The British use of Hausa and Yoruba against Biafrans did
not start today or during the war, it has been the case since
the colonial days. The Biafrans: Igbo, Igala, and Idoma
defeated the Hausa and Yoruba during the colonial military
expeditions into their lands, for they (Hausa & Yoruba) were
not able to match these war-like people from this part of the
niger area. Subsequently, it got to a point that it was clear
the only way to subdue these people was to bring in British
soldiers, and not just commanders, to get the job done.
"The english came with Fulani, Hausa, Yoruba, and some
Nupe soldiers to make war with the Igala. They even came
as far as Ankpa and Ayangba, which means "Where the
people make war," because the people were fighting among
In April, 1898, the agent-general, William Wallace,
R.N.,fought the Igala near Idah (Perham, 1963:384), and the
British forces moved inland. Lord Lugard noted in his diary
that Major A. Fester was on an expedition (May 19, 1898)
against the "Ibos of the Anambra Creek with 100 R.N.C. I
had to lend them 100 of our men with officers and N.C.O.'s
and also 4 extra officers to work Maxims and to
help" (Perham, 1963:409). Lugards first attempt to subdue
he most easterly Okpoto and especially the Idoma was a
catastrophe, the entire force of 95 officers and men were
either killed or captured and enslaved (see Geary 1927:221).
In 1903 A.D.C. Boyle and an escort of twenty men were
attacked on their way from Idah to the Anambra by the
forces of Chief Adukukaiku, who "had closed all the routes in
his territory to trade and barred Hausa and Yoruba
adventurers who attempted from Idah to tap the resources
of [his] domain" (Anene 1966:246)."
—'Amphibians of Malawi' by Margaret A. Stewart