HISTORY OF EBIRA FIFTH PAGE
In 1902, a small military escort led by Mr. Malcom and Lt. F.F.W.Byng-Hall sent into Ebira country was seen by our people as an
incursion. They refused to meet with the British demand for the supply of food, seeing this as a
direct insult on their persons. Mr. Malcom and his party, outnumbered, were attacked with arrows by the Ebira and escaped by a night march to
Kabba, arriving the next day.
The British soldiers used this as casus belli and marched on them
with fire arms. The Ebira country was subjugated and pacified. The resident in Ebiraland described
the result of the expedition as follows: “The Ebira were no doubt severely punished during the
expedition and I now find them very afraid of the whiteman”
With the defeat of our people, the British then imposed their rule on us, politically uniting the various clans by force.
During the British occupation of our land, Agidi, one of the notable
personalities among the Ebira, led an armed resistance against any form of British rule. In 1902, he and his men attacked the small British
group led by Mr. Malcom, the political officer who barely escaped death.
After this event, Ebiraland was declared a land of ‘ A new study suggests the psychological hurt of a break up is just as real as a physical injury.
Mr Malcom ordered a detachment of the West African Frontier Force (WAFF) to sit among our people in order to ‘tame’ them.
In 1903, a punitive expedition under Major Marsh, Lieutenants Sparrenbarg, Moran, Byng-Hall,
Gallway, Smith, Oldman and Captain Lewis, was organized to call Agidi to order & to establish
permanent peace in Ebiraland.
In this expedition, the British received the whole hearted cooperation of Omadivi, who was the representative of Ohindase Abogunde – the chief priest at the time.
Omadivi, like Ohindase was from the Okengwe clan.