A jostling crowd of some 10,000 filled the Lagos week-end resort of Bar Beach on Saturday (April 24) --to witness the public execution of three men accused of robbery.
GV PAN Crowd waiting for executions--heavy military guard.
SV Vehicle bringing accused
CU PAN Condemned men led in by Military escort (2 shots)
CU TILT DOWN Condemned men being tied to stakes.
GV PAN Crowd watching
SV & LV Condemned men tied to stakes (3 shots)
SV Coffins being carried in
SV Clergymen with condemned men
SV Firing squad takes aim and fires
SV Army doctor inspects dead men
Initials BB/0058 LD/PN/BB/0129
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Background: A jostling crowd of some 10,000 filled the Lagos week-end resort of Bar Beach on Saturday (April 24) --to witness the public execution of three men accused of robbery.
Armed troops and mounted police controlled the crowd--while small traders did a brisk business on the sun-drenched beach, selling ice-creams and soft drinks to the spectators as they waited for the execution.
The three men were Driver-mechanic Folorunsho Babatunde, Trader Joseph Ilobo, and Naval Lieutenant William Oyazimo--the latter protesting his innocence to the end. The three had been condemned to death a week earlier for stealing, at different times last year, goods and a car worth about, 2,500 sterling, (6,000 dollars). They were tried by the Lagos State Armed Robbery Tribunal--created to curb the wave of armed robbery which broke out throughout the country after the Civil War.