• Short Summary

    SCORES OF PEOPLE OF THE IBO TRIBE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN BENIN, CAPITAL OF NIGERIA'S MID-WESTERN REGION, SINCE BIAFRAN FORCES LOST CONTROL OF IT TO FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS A FORTNIGHT AGO, ACCORDING TO INHABITANTS OF THE 100,000 POPULATION CITY.

  • Description

    SCORES OF PEOPLE OF THE IBO TRIBE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN BENIN, CAPITAL OF NIGERIA'S MID-WESTERN REGION, SINCE BIAFRAN FORCES LOST CONTROL OF IT TO FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS A FORTNIGHT AGO, ACCORDING TO INHABITANTS OF THE 100,000 POPULATION CITY.

    IBOS REMAINING IN THE CITY--SOME 300 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN--ARE NOW UNDER POLICE PROTECTION IN A CITY SCHOOL WHERE DETAILS OF THEIR IDENTITIES ARE BEING TAKEN FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES.

    THE IBOS ARE A LARGE MID-WESTERN MINORITY OF THE SAME TRIBAL GROUP AS THE PREDOMINANT TRIBE OF BIAFRA, THE NAME ASSUMED BY THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION WHICH SECEDED LAST JUNE.

    A FORTNIGHT AGO THE MID-WESTERN REGION DECLARED ITSELF THE "AUTONOMOUS INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN REPUBLIC OF BENIN BUT ITS SECESSIONIST MOVE ENDED THE SAME DAY WHEN FEDERAL TROOPS TOOK OVER THE CITY ON 21 SEPTEMBER.

    MEANWHILE TODAY (SATURDAY) THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SAID ITS TROOPS WERE "MASSING FOR THE FINAL PUNCH" AGAINST ENUGU, CAPITAL OF BIAFRA, WHOSE 60,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLED UPON TO MAKE A LAST-DITCH STAND.

    FIGHTING HAS BEEN RAGING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY, CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO, FEDERAL COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN LAGOS. FEDERAL TROOPS WERE NOW MASSING FOR THE FINAL PUNCH AND THE CITY HAD BEEN SHELLED, HE ADDED.

    MAKING THE "LAST-DITCH" CALL, THE BIAFRAN LEADER, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, CALLED ON THE PEOPLE TO DEFEND THE CITY AT ALL COST.

    "TO FAIL MAY MEAN THE CERTAIN END OF US AS A PEOPLE", HE SAID IN A BROADCAST OVER RADIO BIAFRA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6J8058AI5Q35IXHS5ZDNS5UM0
    Media URN:
    VLVA6J8058AI5Q35IXHS5ZDNS5UM0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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