• Short Summary

    THE FIRST CONTINGENT OF REFUGEES FROM THE NIGERIAN BREAKAWAY REGION OF BIAFRA ARRIVED IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY AFTER A SHORT SEA VOYAGE FROM PORT HARCOURT.

  • Description

    THE FIRST CONTINGENT OF REFUGEES FROM THE NIGERIAN BREAKAWAY REGION OF BIAFRA ARRIVED IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY AFTER A SHORT SEA VOYAGE FROM PORT HARCOURT. NEARLY SIX HUNDRED REFUGEES-- BRITONS, AMERICANS, DUTCH SWISS, ISRAELIS, GERMANS, ITALIANS, JAPANESE -- LEFT ITALIAN LINER 'ISONZO' UNDER STRICT SECURITY WATCH.

    STRICT SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN LAID ON FOR THEIR ARRIVAL. ON DISEMBARKING, ALL THE EVACUEES WERE SCREENED TO ENSURE THAT NO MERCENARIES OR SABOTEURS HAD BEEN ABLE TO SLIP OUT OF THE SECESSIONIST EASTERN REGION.

    THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE MISSION WAS MOUNTED AFTER SWIFT DIPLOMATIC MOVES IN LAGOS BROUGHT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PERMISSION. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT THE EVACUATION WAS CARRIED OUT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE BIAFRAN LEADER, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU.

    LATEST REPORTS FROM THE NIGERIAN FRONTS INDICATE THAT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TROOPS STILL CONTROL THE UNIVERSITY TOWN OF NSUKKA, AND ARE CONTINUING THEIR STEADY MARCH TOWARDS THE BIAFRAN CAPITAL, ENUGU. THE BULLETIN SAID THAT REBEL FORCES HAD ABANDONED OGOJA PROVINCE, AND THAT OCCASIONAL AMBUSHES AND SKIRMISHES BY RETREATING BIAFRANS WERE BEING PROMPTLY WIPED OUT.

    IN ALL ABOUT 3,000 FOREIGNERS ARE STILL IN THE EAST, WHICH SECEDED EIGHT WEEKS AGO AND PROCLAIMED ITSELF AN INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4LR22X85UID4OJ9C4BRCDIG5L
    Media URN:
    VLVA4LR22X85UID4OJ9C4BRCDIG5L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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