• Short Summary

    TRIBAL VIOLENCE IN NORTHER NIGERIA, WHICH COST COUNTLESS LIVES, RESULTED IN AN EMERGENCY AIRLIFT OF IBOS WHO WERE WORKING AND LIVING IN THE NORTH.

  • Description

    TRIBAL VIOLENCE IN NORTHER NIGERIA, WHICH COST COUNTLESS LIVES, RESULTED IN AN EMERGENCY AIRLIFT OF IBOS WHO WERE WORKING AND LIVING IN THE NORTH. THE IBO POPULATION IN THE NORTH WERE THE MAIN VICTIMS OF THE DISTURBANCES, AND A GREAT AIRLIFT WAS ORGANISED TO FLY IBOS TO SAFETY FROM THE NORTHERN ZONE.

    THE TROUBLE WAS DYING DOWN BY MONDAY (OCTOBER 3), ALTHOUGH SOME LOOTING WAS REPORTED IN KANO, ONE OF THE MAIN CENTRES OF THE DISTURBANCES AND VIOLENCE. THOUSANDS OF IBOS WERE BEING EVACUATED BY CHARTER PLANES AND NIGERIAN AIRWAYS. AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAID THERE WAS A DESPERATE NEED FOR MORE AIRCRAFT.

    TENSION HAD GROWN BETWEEN MOSLEM HAUSAS OF THE NORTH AND THE IBOS, SINCE A HAUSA MUTINY IN THE ARMY IN JULY OVERTHREW MAJOR-GENERAL AGUIYI-IRONSI, THE NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, WHO WAS AN IBO. COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON, A YOUNG NORTHERNER, TOOK OVER LEADERSHIP OF THE COUNTRY AND HAS SINCE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A POLITICAL FORMULA AND PEACE TO THE COUNTRY.

    OF TUESDAY (OCTOBER 4) THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF EASTERN NIGERIA ORDERED ALL NON-EASTERNERS LIVING IN THE REGION TO BE REPATRIATED TO THEIR HOME AREAS UNDER ARMED ESCORT. THIS FOLLOWED REPORTS OF VIOLENCE FLARING IN THE EAST.

    THE FILM SHOWS REFUGEES FROM THE NORTH, MAINLY BOUND FOR LAGOS AND INCLUDING CHILDREN AND TWO NUNS, WAITING FOR AN AIRCRAFT AT KADUNA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7FNXTPTCSARULF59EPZUGV9
    Media URN:
    VLVA7FNXTPTCSARULF59EPZUGV9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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