• Short Summary

    WITH UP TO TWO MILLION PEOPLE REPORTEDLY IN NEED OF FOOD RELIEF IN THE RECAPTURED NIGERIAN REGION OF BIAFRA, THE TASK OF GETTING AID TO THEM IS GOING AHEAD WITH FEDERAL TROOPS TAKING AN EXTENSIVE PART IN THE OPERATION.

  • Description


    TRUCKS FOR NIGERIA IN ENGLAND; FOLEY ARRIVING BACK IN LONDON; BANNED JOURNALISTS RETURN; CHESHIRE FLIES OUT OF LAGOS; PILOTS AT LISBON HOTEL.




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    Background: WITH UP TO TWO MILLION PEOPLE REPORTEDLY IN NEED OF FOOD RELIEF IN THE RECAPTURED NIGERIAN REGION OF BIAFRA, THE TASK OF GETTING AID TO THEM IS GOING AHEAD WITH FEDERAL TROOPS TAKING AN EXTENSIVE PART IN THE OPERATION. THE DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD BY THE TROOPS IS REPORTED TO BE HAMPERED BY THE SHORTAGE OF TRANSPORT, A PROBLEM WHICH IS BEING PARTLY OVERCOME BY THE SUPPLY OF VEHICLES BY BRITAIN.

    TWO CONVOYS OF LAND-ROVER AMBULANCES AND TRUCKS TODAY (SATURDAY) WERE DRIVEN TO AN AIRFIELD IN KENT TO BE LOADED ABOARD AIR FREIGHTERS FOR NIGERIA, WHERE THEY WILL JOIN SEVEN OTHER VEHICLES. DURING THE WEEKEND, IT IS HOPED TO FLY 35 LAND-ROVERS AND SIX TRUCKS OUT TO HELP IN THE WORK OF BRINGING AID TO THE STARVING REFUGEES.

    AS THE VEHICLES WERE BEING LOADED, THE BRITISH UNDER-SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MR. MAURICE FOLEY, ARRIVED BACK IN LONDON AFTER HIS FOUR-DAY VISIT TO LAGOS. MR. FOLEY BROKE HIS JOURNEY IN ROME WHERE HE TALKED WITH THE POPE ON THE NIGERIAN SITUATION.

    ALSO BACK IN LONDON WERE FOUR BRITISH JOURNALISTS DETAINED BY POLICE AT THEIR HOTELS IN LAGOS AND LATER FLOWN OUT OF THE COUNTRY. FEDERAL AUTHORITIES CLAIMED THEY WERE TRYING TO REACH FORMER SECESSIONIST TERRITORY WITHOUT AUTHORITY.

    THE JOURNALISTS ARE JOHN CLARE OF THE TIMES, TONY CLIFTON AND JOHN BULMER OF THE LONDON SUNDAY TIMES, AND MAX HASTINGS, OF THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD.

    IN LAGOS, GROUP CAPTAIN LEONARD CHESHIRE, THE BRITISH WARTIME AIR FORCE HERO WHO WAS REFUSED ENTRY TO NIGERIA YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) LEFT WITH HIS WIFE FOR LONDON. HE SAID HE HOPED TO RETURN TO NIGERIA TO HELP AIRLIFT SUPPLIES.

    MEANWHILE, THE MYSTERY GROWS OVER THE WHEREABOUTS OF FORMER BIAFRAN LEADER MAJOR-GENERAL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU. IN LISBON, IT IS CLAIMED THAT THREE PILOTS STAYING AT A HOTEL THERE FLEW THE GENERAL TO PORTUGAL LAST WEEKEND. IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT GENERAL OJUKWU MAY HAVE USED LISBON AS A STOPPING OFF POINT, BEFORE LEAVING FOR A FURTHER UNKNOWN DESTINATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3Q9489UZ2GF2SGZG85FBCPMGQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3Q9489UZ2GF2SGZG85FBCPMGQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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