• Short Summary

    CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO, 40-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY-LEADER OF NIGERIA'S PARLIAMENTARY OPPOSITION, WAS SENTENCED IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TO 15 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT FOR PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BY FORCE.

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    CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO, 40-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY-LEADER OF NIGERIA'S PARLIAMENTARY OPPOSITION, WAS SENTENCED IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TO 15 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT FOR PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BY FORCE.HIS LAWYERS STATED THEY'LL APPEAL AGAINST THE VERDICT.

    CHIEF ENAHORO APPEARED UNMOVED WHEN THE JUDGE FOUND HIM GUILTY.FIFTEEN FEET AWAY HIS WIFE HELEN WIPED A TEAR FROM HER EYE.OUTSIDE IN THE COURTYARD HER SMALL DAUGHTER PLAYED WITH RELATIVES.THEIR TWO SONS, AGED 7 AND 8, ARE IN ENGLAND ATTENDING SCHOOL.

    CHIEF ENAHORO'S TRIAL BEGAN IN LAGOS ON JUNE 24 AND ENDED ON AUGUST 1.AFTER TWO-AND-A-HALF HOUR JUDGMENT YESTERDAY HANDED DOWN BY MRS.SIGISMUND LAMBO HE WAS FOUND GUILTY ON THREE COUNTS: TREASONABLE FELONY, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FELONY AND CONTRAVENING THE FIREARMS ACT.

    AMONG THE PROSECUTION'S EVIDENCE WAS THE CLAIM THAT THE CHIEF HAD BEEN ASSIGNED TO SELECT 200 ACTIONS GROUP YOUTHS FOR MILITARY TRAINING OUTSIDE NIGERIA FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT.

    STRICT SECURITY MEASURES WERE IN FORCE FOR YESTERDAY'S COURT JUDGEMENT.OUTSIDE THE COURT MORE THAN 200 STEEL-HELMETED RIOT POLICE, EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC RIFLES AND TEAR GAS PISTOLS, CORDONED OFF THE STREETS AND DROVE BACK THE CURIOUS..

    IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SENTENCE THE CONVICTED CHIEF WAS WHISKED BACK TO KIRIKIRI JAIL UNDER A STRONG MOTORISED ESCORT.

    (CHIEF ENAHORO WAS DEPORTED FROM BRITAIN LAST MAY TO FACE TRIAL AFTER A FIVE-MONTH LEGAL BATTLE IN BRITISH COURTS AND PARLIAMENT TO PREVENT HIS EXTRADITION.HE WAS ARRESTED IN LONDON WHILE ON A VISIT TO HIS TWO SONS.THE LABOUR AND LIBERAL PARTIES OPPOSED THE DEPORTATION ORDER WHILE THE RULING PARTY, THE CONSERVATIVES, WERE DIVIDED ON THE ISSUE.EARLY REACTION IN BRITAIN TO THE SENTENCE HAS BEEN CRITICAL.MOST HAVE CONSIDERED IT "EXCESSIVE".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7L6FXGG926R1NUBM0Z7SQ9RLF
    Media URN:
    VLVA7L6FXGG926R1NUBM0Z7SQ9RLF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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