• Short Summary

    NIGERIA'S ACTION GROUP LEADER AND FORMER PREMIER OF THE WESTERN REGION, CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, HAS BEEN JAILED FOR TEN YEARS.

  • Description

    NIGERIA'S ACTION GROUP LEADER AND FORMER PREMIER OF THE WESTERN REGION, CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, HAS BEEN JAILED FOR TEN YEARS.A LAGOS COURT YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) FOUND HIM GUILTY OF PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

    SEVENTEEN OTHERS GOT PRISON SENTENCES RANGING FROM TWO TO SEVEN YEARS.THREE OTHERS WERE ACQUITTED.ALL HAD PLEADED NOT GUILTY.

    CHIEF AWOLOWO'S DEPUTY, CHIEF ENAHORO, WHO WAS DEPORTED FROM BRITAIN TO FACE TRIAL, WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS ON SATURDAY WHEN CONVICTED OF SIMILAR TREASON CHARGES.

    CHIEF AWOLOWO, SPEAKING FROM THE DOCK BEFORE SENTENCE WAS PASSED, COMMENTED: "IT IS AN IRONY OF HISTORY THAT AS ONE OF THE ARCHITECTS OF NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE I HAVE SPENT ALMOST HALF OF NIGERIA'S THREE-YEAR INDEPENDENCE IN CONFINEMENT."
    THE CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM WERE TREASONABLE FELONY, CONSPIRACY AND FIREARMS' POSSESSION.

    LAST NIGHT POLICE USED TEAR GAS AND TRUNCHEONS TO BREAK UP GROUPS OF THE CHIEF'S SUPPORTERS.NEAR THE MAIN PRISON TEAR GAS WAS ALSO USED TO DISPERSE CROWDS.SOME ARRESTS WERE MADE.THE TRIAL WAS CLIMAXED BY THE MOUNTING OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST SECURITY OPERATIONS IN NIGERIA'S HISTORY.

    FILM SHOWS AWOLOWO ARRIVING AT THE COURT, POLICE STANDING BY AND SCENES OF THE SURROUNDING AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7ITI1P6AU0NNJ3Q45VSAJ8MUF
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ITI1P6AU0NNJ3Q45VSAJ8MUF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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