PHOTO NEWS: Biafran War Machines And Technology That Made It Hard To Defeat Them During The Civil War

By Ike A. Offor

When Ben Omokri recently wrote that Igbo are blessing to Nigeria, few people would not comprehend the gravity of such statement until they could see some of these inventions and innovations by the Biafrans during the war.

So many feats were achieved by the Biafrans during the war, when necessity pressed them to invent and industrialise within a very short time frame.

The civil war was not only a war against Biafran secession, it was a war against Biafran technological advancement; to stop Biafran technological prowess and ascendance or supremacy before it’s too late.

The leaders of Nigeria had so much hate for the Biafrans and were increasingly afraid about having an independent Biafran state which was viewed as viable or potential expansionist neighbour state. That was a situation they wouldn’t want to happen due to the fear of Biafra’s potentials to become a very powerful territorial expansionist country that could absorb closer neighbours into Biafra.

The Biafrans were able to build hundreds of kettles for refining crude oil and derived a good number of hydrocarbon derivatives. They creatively made manifolds via which several hydrocarbon byproducts were collected for further use. These were carried out by Biafran engineers and industrial experts as early as the period of the war in late 60s, something that could be considered alien to Africans then.

Civilian aircrafts were converted into military aircrafts and successively weaponised. Armoured tanks and armoured personnel carriers were made by Biafrans, when such was alien to Africans.

Biafran Red Devil, considered one of the incredible and greatest feats of the Biafran Research And Production Unit, RAP. What made this armoured tank a feat was it was designed like an armoured personnel carrier tank but equipped with hidden high-powered anti tank guns with ability to shoot targets with precision from all angles at 360°

How Biafran Research and Production Unit (RAP) mastered this esoteric
technology in 1960s when it was only known by a few western powers
How the Biafrans mastered this technology is still a mystery to many till this day.






Biafran Armoured Tank


Armoured Scorpion Bazooka Tank equipped with anti tank gun with ability to rotate 360°






Biafran heavily and carefully crafted crude oil refinery column known as Biafran pot. Pay attention to the precision of welds and metal quality. Over Hundreds of these were manufactured, along with series of piping manifolds, brought refined oil…diesel, kerosene, petrol and aviation fuel for military, government, public and private use.
So, under the government of Biafra, these fuels were never in short supply and that was an incredible feat by the Biafrans.

Biafran-made surface to air missiles for downing the enemy’s aircrafts


Biafran made armoured tank

These were feats Biafrans achieved as early as 1967, which would have been best developed now if the were allowed to brace their future without interference from Nigerian government or if they were encouraged to carry on with their research and industrialisation without obstructive policies from Nigeria then.


More incredible feats of the Biafrans. Mobile artillery machine


Biafran Armoured Personnel Troop Carrier, Red Devil type C. This was used in conveying soldiers to the battle front during the war


The Biafran bomber aircraft. Some civil aircrafts were converted into a weaponised bomber fighter jet by the Biafran engineers and experts

 That the Biafrans were a blessing to themselves first and then to Nigeria, which they still do not want to be part of, could be seen in their feats way before the rest of Nigerians could even dare to imagine what they accomplished, is not a derogatory statement to the rest of Nigeria.  You have seen for yourself and you could visualise what they would have become if the Biafran state were allowed to exist as an independent republic.
Another perspective to the discourse is, what if Nigeria devoid of hate, had allowed them to bring forth these technological feats into the mainstream of Nigeria’s military technology and industrial environment? The entire country could have benefitted immensely from such technological advancement.

Ojukwu Bunker in Umuahia. Afeat that shocked western delegates who visited this bunker after the war. They were shocked that Biafrans could conceive and build such sophisticated bunker with air control and ventilation system as far back as 1960s, a techonolgy they thought were only known to western countries as at the time. These Biafran engineers and architects knew what the western world knew then too.

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