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Biafran leader Ojukwu inspects troops during the Nigerian civil war

Ojukwu’s close friend Frederick Forsyth reveals he was an MI6 agent

Frederick Forsyth, author of bestsellers such as “The Day of the Jackal and “The Odessa File” has revealed he worked for British intelligence (MI6) for over 20 years.

This revelation comes with the publication of his autobiography “The Outsider: My Life”.

Forsyth, the war correspondent
Forsyth, the war correspondent

Forsyth told the BBC that he started working for MI6 when they asked him to send information from the Nigeria Civil War. He was a BBC correspondent during the war, which lasted from 1967 to 1970, reporting from the Biafran side. He ended up forming a close friendship with Biafran leader Emeka Ojukwu.

Watch his BBC interview:

Britain was a major backer and arms supplier for the federal side against the Biafran rebels.

Forsyth's biography of Ojukwu
Forsyth’s biography of Ojukwu

Forsyth’s biography of Ojukwu (Emeka) was published in 1982, around the time Ojukwu had returned to Nigeria after exile in Ivory Coast and failed in a bid to get elected to the Nigerian Senate.

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