• Short Summary

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS HAVE RE-OCCUPIED THE TOWN OF AUCHI IN MID WEST NIGERIA, CAPTURED SOME WEEKS AGO BY DISSIDENT FORCES OF EASTERN NIGERIA DURING AN ADVANCE.

  • Description

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS HAVE RE-OCCUPIED THE TOWN OF AUCHI IN MID WEST NIGERIA, CAPTURED SOME WEEKS AGO BY DISSIDENT FORCES OF EASTERN NIGERIA DURING AN ADVANCE.

    AUCHI IS A STRATEGIC TOWN IN THE NORTH OF THE MID WEST REGION, AND HAS A POPULATION OF MORE THAN 40-THOUSAND PEOPLE.

    THE FEDERAL TROOPS MOVED INTO AUCHI LATE WEEK, AND WERE REPORTED TO HAVE CONTINUED THEIR PUSH TOWARDS THE MID WESTERN CAPITAL, RENIN.

    AUCHI IS ONLY 30 MILES (48 K.M.) FROM NIGERIA'S NORTHERNMOST BORDER. IT IS THE CENTRE OF A CEMENT QUARRYING AREA, AND WAS FIRST TAKEN BY TROOPS OF THE EASTERN PROVINCE - NOW CALLING ITSELF BIAFRA - A MONTH AGO.

    NO SERIOUS INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED DURING THE REOCCUPATION BY FEDERAL SOLDIERS, WHO ADVANCED FROM THE SOUTH UPON THE TOWN.

    ONE REPORT SAID PEOPLE THRONGED THE STREETS TO GREET THE FEDERAL FORCES. THE REPORT SAID THE DEMONSTRATORS CALLED FOR UNITY IN NIGERIA.

    FEDERAL TROOPS ARE ALSO REPORTED TO HAVE CONSOLIDATED THEIR POSITION IN THE DISTRICT SURROUNDING ORE, ANOTHER MID WEST TOWN. LAST WEEK FEDERAL TROOPS RE-OCCUPIED AN IMPORTANT ROAD JUNCTION LINKING BENIN AND ORE. THE ROADWAY IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE AFTER A BRIDGE OVER THE BENIN RIVER WAS DESTROYED.

    LATEST REPORTS SUGGEST THAT FEDERAL TROOPS HAVE REVERSED EARLIER TENDENCIES AND ARE MAKING STEADY, ALTHOUGH SLOW, ADVANCES THROUGH TERRITORY PREVIOUSLY OCCUPIED BY SECESSIONIST TROOPS OF BIAFRA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1P3XZ5DD581FUM4T5R03UDW22
    Media URN:
    VLVA1P3XZ5DD581FUM4T5R03UDW22
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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