• Short Summary

    FOUR INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS HAVE SET OUT INTO EASTERN NIGERIA ON THE FIRST LEG OF A TWO-MONTHS INSPECTION TOUR OF NIGERIA.

  • Description

    FOUR INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS HAVE SET OUT INTO EASTERN NIGERIA ON THE FIRST LEG OF A TWO-MONTHS INSPECTION TOUR OF NIGERIA. IN THE PAST FEW DAYS MEMBERS OF THE TEAM HAVE VISITED ENUGU, BENIN, AWGU AND OBILAGU AIR STRIP, ALL FORMERLY IN TERRITORY HELD BY BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA.

    THE OBSERVER TEAM HAD BEEN INVITED BY THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO WITNESS THE CONDUCT OF THEIR TROOPS DURING THE CLOSING STAGES OF THE FIGHTING BETWEEN FEDERAL AND BIAFRAN FORCES. AT ENUGU THE OBSERVER TEAM SPLIT UP -- GENERALS ALEXANDER OF BRITAIN AND RAAB OF SWEDEN WENT EASTWARDS TO AGAKILI TO SEE THE RELIEF OPERATION THERE, AND GENERAL MILROY OF CANADA AND MR. NILS GUSSING OF THE UNITED NATIONS WENT SOUTH TOWARDS THE NEWLY CAPTURED AIRSTRIP OF OBILAGU. THE AIR STRIP WAS CAPTURED BY ELEMENTS OF THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN FIRST DIVISION LAST FRIDAY.

    THE OBSERVERS UNDERTOOK A GRUELLING JOURNEY ALONG BUSH TRACKS, PAST BOGGED DOWN VEHICLES AND OVER REPAIRED BRIDGES TO THE VILLAGE OF ISHIAGU. IBO VILLAGERS WHO HAD FLED DURING THE FEDERAL CAPTURE WERE SLOWLY COMING BACK TO THE VILLAGE. THERE ONE OF THE VILLAGERS WHO HAD MET THE OBSERVERS, MR. JOSEPH CHUKWU, WAS INTERVIEWED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3P0RQDU3JHGP0R13WE71MIX4M
    Media URN:
    VLVA3P0RQDU3JHGP0R13WE71MIX4M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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