• Short Summary

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOLD FOREIGN NEWSMEN AT THE WEEKEND THAT IT WOULD SOON SET UP AN ADMINISTRATION IN ENUGU -- CAPITAL OF THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION UNTIL IT WAS CAPTURED BY FEDERAL TROOPS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AGO.

  • Description

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOLD FOREIGN NEWSMEN AT THE WEEKEND THAT IT WOULD SOON SET UP AN ADMINISTRATION IN ENUGU -- CAPITAL OF THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION UNTIL IT WAS CAPTURED BY FEDERAL TROOPS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AGO.

    AT PRESENT THERE ARE ONLY A FEW PEOPLE IN ENUGU TO ADMINISTER -- OF THE 80,000 OR MORE IBO REFUGEES WHO FLED THE CITY, ONLY ABOUT 500 HAVE RETURNED.

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS, MR FEMI OKUNNU, DID NOT SAY WHETHER THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE MILITARY OR CIVILIAN. BUT HE MADE IT CLEAR THE CITY WAS FIRMLY IN FEDERAL HANDS.

    HE SAID: "YOU'VE HEARD OJUKWU (LEADER OF THE SELF-STYLED REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA) IN THE BEST TRADITION OF PAPER TIGERS MAKING FANTASTIC CLAIMS ABOUT VICTORIES HE NEVER WON. INDEED, IT IS BECAUSE OF ONE SUCH FANTASTIC CLAIM THAT ENUGU IS NOT IN THE HANDS OF THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT THAT WE'VE BROUGHT YOU HERE TODAY."
    THE NEWSMEN WERE TAKEN TO ENUGU THROUGH MURKARDI, WHERE THEY SAW REFUGEES HOUSED IN SPECIAL CAMPS. BUT, ALMOST EXCEPT FOR THE 64 NEWSMEN, THE EASTERN REGION CAPITAL WAS DESERTED. NOTHING MOVED BAR THE FEW FEDERAL TROOPS AND THE OCCASIONAL HUNGRY DOG.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2SL30WNMZTVXHAKV70N898GGL
    Media URN:
    VLVA2SL30WNMZTVXHAKV70N898GGL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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