• Short Summary

    REFUGEES ARRIVED IN THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL CAPITAL, LAGOS, ON SUNDAY FROM BENIN, THE MID-WEST CAPITAL CAPTURED LAST WEEK BY BIAFRAN TROOPS.

  • Description

    REFUGEES ARRIVED IN THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL CAPITAL, LAGOS, ON SUNDAY FROM BENIN, THE MID-WEST CAPITAL CAPTURED LAST WEEK BY BIAFRAN TROOPS. IN ALL, NEARLY 1,200 REFUGEES GRAMMED ABOARD THE GERMAN VESSEL STEINHOFT.

    SOME REFUGEES SAID THAT SECESSIONIST BIAFRAN SOLDIERS SHOT NORTHERN HAUSA TRIBESMEN IN A HOUSE-TO-HOUSE HUNT AFTER THEY SEIZED BENIN.

    SEVEN-HUNDRED HAUSAS, MEMBERS OF THE NORTH'S DOMINANT TRIBE, WERE PACKED INTO ONE OF THE SHIP'S HOLDS. THEY'D FLED TO THE HARBOUR AT THE MID-WEST PORT OF SAPELE AND, IN SHEER PANIC, MANY TRIED TO CLIMB THE SHIP'S SIDE WITH THE AID OF ROPES.

    ALSO ON BOARD WERE ANOTHER 450 PEOPLE -- MOSTLY EUROPEANS, INCLUDING 150 BRITISH, 98 WEST GERMANS AND 55 AMERICANS.

    A DUTCH EVACUEE, MR. JOSEF CVIK, SAID HE SAW A LORRY LOAD OF HAUSA DEAD. TWO BRITONS WERE FORCED TO RUN AROUND A FIELD AT MACHINE-GUN POINT UNTIL THEY FELL EXHAUSTED.

    A NIGERIAN CHURCH LEADER SAID HE SAW AT LEAST ONE HAUSA MAN BEHEADED IN THE STREET. SEVERAL HAUSAS ALSO SAID THEY'D SEEN MEMBERS OF THEIR TRIBE BEHEADED.

    IN ALL, THE CARGO OF PEOPLE IN THE TIMBER SHIP STEINHOFT WAS EQUIVALENT TO 70 TONS -- THE LARGEST NUMBER OF REFUGEES TO ARRIVE IN LAGOS SO FAR FROM THE MID-WEST.

    ONLY A HANDFUL OF EUROPEANS IS LEFT NOW IN THE MID-WEST AREAS UNDER CONTROL OF BIAFRAN TROOPS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7H0L29YBQ23N2V0OOBQVPQ6B8
    Media URN:
    VLVA7H0L29YBQ23N2V0OOBQVPQ6B8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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