Ex-Briafan solder, Hannibal dies at 90

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Col. Joseph ‘Hannibal’ Achuzia died on Monday morning at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, Delta State, after a brief illness, according to one of his sons, Mr. Benedict Onyeka Achuzia.

According to Sunnews, already, a 21-gun salute has been shot to traditionally announce the demise of the Ikemba of Asaba to indigenes of the town. The late Col. Joseph Achuzia (rtd.) was a major in the Biafran army during the Nigeria Civil War of 1967 to 1970.

Prior to joining the Biafran Army in May 1967, Achuzia had been a soldier in the Nigerian Army. He fled to the Southeast in fear of anti-Igbo sentiments among the Nigerian Army during the war.

Achuzia was a traditional stakeholder in the affairs of Asaba as he held the title of Ikemba of Asaba till his death.


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