• Short Summary

    The Red Cross announced on January 28 that only 18,000 of the one million Ghanaians ordered out of Nigeria had reached their homes.

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    NIGERIA: 26 JANUARY (FABIYI)


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    GV Refugees with baggage at border crossing
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    2.
    GV Border sign, "Federal Republic of Nigeria with Peoples Republic of Benin," PAN TO refugees with personal belongings walking along road (3 shots)
    0.32


    INDIA: 27 JANUARY (PRAKASH)


    3.
    SCU Nigeria President Shagari speaking (SOT)
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    (Shagari voice overlaid)



    NIGERIA 26 JANUARY (FABIYI)


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    GV Ghana High Commission sign and PULL BACK people queueing for visas (SOT) (2 shots)
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    INDIA: 27 JANUARY (PRAKASH)


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    SCU INTERIOR President Shagari speaking (SOT)
    1.26


    (Shagari voice overlaid)



    NIGERIA: 26 JANUARY (FABIYI)


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    GV Refugee camp near Nigerian/Benin border with people moving belongings (SOT)
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    CU PULL BACK TO GV Mounted police patrolling camp (SOT)
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    INDIA: 27 JANUARY (PRAKASH)


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    SCU INTERIOR President Shagari speaking (SOT)
    1.59


    NIGERIA: 26 JANUARY (FABIYI)


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    GV PAN EXTERIOR People queueing at border PAN TO flags at masthead
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    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCES 3 TO 8:



    SHAGARI: "When I left Nigeria. Very, very few Ghanaians had been able to reach Ghana, because Ghana had closed its border long before we made an announcement asking aliens to go out. So when the Ghanaians wanted to go their countries those of whom who made an attempt to go, they were stopped from the border between Nigeria and Benin republic, because the Beninese government refused Ghanaians to enter into their country in transit for fear that if Ghana refuses to open her borders then they would stay in Benin. So these Ghanaians had to camp at the border waiting for their country to open the border to allow them to go in. There was no report of molestation of these people, either on the border or within Nigeria. I have not heard of any case of molestation of Ghanaians."





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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Red Cross announced on January 28 that only 18,000 of the one million Ghanaians ordered out of Nigeria had reached their homes. All told, two million illegal immigrants from the neighbouring states of Benin, Togo and Ghana had been told to leave Nigeria by January 31. These refugees had made the hazardous journey to Benin, but the struggle to reach their homeland was not yet over. Carrying what personnel belongings they could, the Ghanaians claimed they had been attacked by groups of Nigerians, armed with knives, who had demanded cash and possessions. They said the bodies of compatriots had been left by the roadside, after they were attacked and robbed. Nigerian President Shehu Shagari was on a state visit to India on January 27 when he denied the Ghanaian refugees had been molested. He said that the problem associated with their sage return was that Beninian authorities did not want them to enter their country in transit in case Ghana refused them entry. The refugees were travelling however they could, on foot, by car or truck. Many were charged exhorbitant prices for bus and taxi rides. By January 26 thousands had reached the border crossing points, where mounted police tried to maintain order. Diplomats in Nigeria believed President Shagari ordered the expulsion of the immigrants to create jobs for his unemployed countrymen. Commenting on the reports of attacks on Ghanaians, President Shagari affirmed that his government would maintain law and order and prevent harassment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3HITTZORUA3BOE0A8WR5XGTWX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3HITTZORUA3BOE0A8WR5XGTWX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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