• Short Summary

    NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN RENEWED OUTBREAKS OF VIOLENCE IN WESTERN NIGERIA IN THE PAST WEEK.

  • Description

    NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN RENEWED OUTBREAKS OF VIOLENCE IN WESTERN NIGERIA IN THE PAST WEEK. FIVE PEOPLE DIED IN A WAVE OF RIOTING, LOOTING AND ARSON IN IKORODU, 20 MILES NORTH OF LAGOS, ON SUNDAY NIGHT, WHILE AT MUSHIN, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY, BUILDINGS AND CARS WERE SET AFIRE.

    POLICE SAID DEMONSTRATIONS HAD POLITICAL OVERTONES, FOLLOWING THE DISPUTED ELECTIONS IN WESTERN NIGERIA LAST OCTOBER. THE RULING NIGERIAN NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NNDP) WON THE ELECTIONS, WHICH THE OPPOSITION UNITED PROGRESSIVE GRAND ALLIANCE (UPGA) CLAIMED WERE RIGGED. TENSION OVER THE CONDUCT AND RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS HAVE SINCE LED TO WIDESPREAD DISTURBANCES, KILLINGS AND ARSON.

    IN THE LATEST VIOLENCE, TWO NNDP LEADERS RECEIVED GUN-SHOT WOUNDS AND THEIR HOMES AT IKIRUN WERE BURNT TO THE GROUND. OTHER POLITICAL FIGURES WERE ATTACKED AND THEIR PROPERTY DAMAGED. PROPERTY LOSSES RAN INTO THOUSANDS OF POUNDS.

    DEMONSTRATORS AT MUSHIN WERE ARMED WITH GUNS AND CUTLASSES. THEY BURNED LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND POLICE VEHICLES, AND THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICES. SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE SINCE FLED THE AREA AND MANY LAGOS RESIDENTS NOW HESITATE TO VISIT RELATIVES AT MUSHIN, OR SHOP IN THE MARKETS THERE.

    THE NIGERIAN ACTING PRESIDENT, DR. NWAFOR ORIZU, HAS APPEALED FOR UNITY IN THE FACE OF WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS A "NEW RESURGENCE OF TRIBALISM." A BAN ON POLITICAL MEETINGS IN LAGOS, IMPOSED AFTER THE WESTERN DISTURBANCES, HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOW PROPOSES TO APPOINT MEN AND WOMEN AS EMERGENCY SPECIAL CONSTABLES IN ANY AREA WHERE THERE ARE DISTURBANCES OR THREATS OF VIOLENCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7R07SIQBPPIRBV6JGMJ3PCSZK
    Media URN:
    VLVA7R07SIQBPPIRBV6JGMJ3PCSZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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