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    CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, WHO HAS IMPRISONED IN 1963 FOR PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW THE FORMER NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, HAS BEEN RELEASED BY THE NEW MILITARY REGIME.

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    CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, WHO HAS IMPRISONED IN 1963 FOR PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW THE FORMER NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, HAS BEEN RELEASED BY THE NEW MILITARY REGIME.

    CHIEF AWOLOWO WAS ONE OF SIX POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY). HE LEFT THE CALABAR JAIL IN EASTERN NIGERIA AND WAS FLOWN TO LAGOS WHERE, AT THE IKEJA BARRACKS - ONE OF THE CENTRES OF LAST FRIDAY'S MUTINY - HE WAS MET BY THE NEW MILITARY LEADER OF NIGERIA, LIEUTENANT COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON.

    CHIEF AWOLOWO SAID HE DEFINITELY PLANNED TO RETURN TO POLITICS. HE ADDED: "WE STAND ON THE THRESHOLD OF MOMENTOUS EVENTS".

    COLONEL GOWON HAS PROMISED TO RESTORE CIVILIAN RULE TO THE COUNTRY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND HAS ALREADY BROUGHT SOME CALM TO NIGERIA FOLLOWING DAYS OF UNREST AFTER HIS MILITARY COUP.

    CHIEF AWOLOWO WAS ONE-TIME PREMIER OF WESTERN NIGERIA AND LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE OLD FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEFORE HIS IMPRISONMENT.

    AT HIS TRIAL IN 1963 HE SAID: "TODAY I MAY BE LANGUISHING IN PRISON. I AM NOT GOING TO DIE THERE, AND MY CHANCES ARE QUITE BRIGHT. I STILL BELIEVE I WILL BE PRIME MINISTER SOME DAY".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1N74B93KNAW6F0B9RWPH1JP81
    Media URN:
    VLVA1N74B93KNAW6F0B9RWPH1JP81
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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