• Short Summary

    Public transport in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, was thrown into chaos a week ago when private bus drivers went on strike in protest at alleged police interference.

  • Description

    Public transport in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, was thrown into chaos a week ago when private bus drivers went on strike in protest at alleged police interference.

    Their complaints arose after soldiers at the Oshodi Disabled Camp went on the rampage, burning and damaging vehicles. They were angered at the death of a comrade, killed in a fall from the back of a bus which was in motion. In protest at the soldiers' reaction, the local bus drivers' union withdrew its vehicles from the road, virtually paralysing the public transport services in the capital.

    The five day strike was resolved after a meeting between police authorities and bus owners in which it was ageed that drivers should be given "adequate protection in the discharge of their lawful duties". Services returned to normal on April 3rd.

    SYNOPSIS: Buses and cars were set alight and damaged in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, when soldiers from Oshodi Disabled Camp went on the rampage.

    Traffic congestion prevented what buses were available from getting through on time, and when they did, there was no room for those further on.

    Desperate crowds lined up at the stops throughout the five-day strike, in the hope of catching one of the rare buses, but many were disappointed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4J0146VOH33QHH6GTMFU9IB7F
    Media URN:
    VLVA4J0146VOH33QHH6GTMFU9IB7F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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