• Short Summary

    AS SOON AS IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN LAGOS INTENDED TO BLOCKADE BIAFRA, THE NAME ADOPTED BY NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, THE SECESSIONIST LEADER, HELD AN IMMEDIATE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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    OJUKWU ARRIVING FOR PRESS CONFERENCE IN ENUGU; OJUKWU SPEAKING (SOF)



    OJUKWU: "IF CIVIL WAR COMES, AND I DO THINK IT IS IMMINENT, YOU'RE QUITE RIGHT, IT WILL FOR US BE THE PRICE OF FREEDOM. OUR PEOPLE HERE HAVE FOR A LONG TIME BEEN PREPARED FOR THIS EVENTUALITY AND I AM CONFIDENT OF THEIR READINESS. I THINK THAT WHEN IT DOES COME THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD BE SURPRISED AFTER WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL NOT LAST LONG."



    IN RESPONSE TO ANOTHER QUESTION COLONEL OJUKWU SAID:



    "I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN WHAT LAGOS HAS GOT. WHEN WE LOST DIRECT CONTACT WITH LAGOS THEY HAD SOME FOUR BATTALIONS, ILL-EQUIPPED AND I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN PURCHASING A LOT OF ARMS SINCE AND I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE NEGOTIATIONS AND RECEIVED A FEW ARMOURED VEHICLES. PRIOR TO THAT THEY HAD SOME SCOUT CARS. I KNOW THEY HAVE TRIED TO GET 'PLANES, I AM NOT SURE THEY HAVE GOT THEM THOUGH. BUT ON OUR SIDE WE TOO HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING QUIETLY. THERE HAS BEEN QUITE A LOT OF BUILD-UP AND I THINK WHAT I HAVE HERE IS SUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF BIAFRA AND MORE".




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    Background: AS SOON AS IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN LAGOS INTENDED TO BLOCKADE BIAFRA, THE NAME ADOPTED BY NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, THE SECESSIONIST LEADER, HELD AN IMMEDIATE PRESS CONFERENCE.

    ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW HE THOUGHT THE SITUATION WOULD DEVELOP, COLONEL OJUKWU SAID:
    YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN IN LAGOS SAID HAT NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT HAD BEGUN STRAFFING TARGETS IN ENUGU. THIS WAS THE FIRST REPORT OF AIR ACTION BY FEDERAL FORCES NOW PRESSING DEEP INTO BIAFRAN TERRITORY IN A BID TO END THE REGION'S EIGHT-WEEK-OLD SECESSION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5RT0KY83IX04B3FME6GGS7DNZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RT0KY83IX04B3FME6GGS7DNZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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