• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF NIGERIANS FOURED INTO THE STREETS OF LAGOS ON MONDAY AS BIAFRA RADIO BROADCAST THE STATEMENTS OF SURRENDER FROM MAJOR GENERAL PHILIP EFFIONG.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF NIGERIANS FOURED INTO THE STREETS OF LAGOS ON MONDAY AS BIAFRA RADIO BROADCAST THE STATEMENTS OF SURRENDER FROM MAJOR GENERAL PHILIP EFFIONG. THE POPULATION OF THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL ACCEPTED THE NEWS QUIETLY, ALTHOUGH LATER THERE WERE NOISY DEMONSTRATIONS BY STUDENTS.

    THROUGHOUT THE CITY, PEOPLE HUDDLED AROUND TRANSISTOR RADIOS TO HEAR THE DRAMATIC BROADCAST, OFFICIALLY ENDING 30 MONTHS OF CIVIL WAR. IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE... THE END HAD APPEARED TO BE NEAR 24 HOURS EARLIER WHEN FEDERAL TROOPS OVERRAN BIAFRA'S PROVISIONAL CAPITAL OF OWERRL. EVEN EARLIER, THERE WAS THE NEWS THAT THE SECESSIONIST LEADER GENERAL ODUMEGVU OJUKWU HAD FLED THE COUNTRY.

    IN HIS BROADCAST, GENERAL EFFIONG, WHO TOOK OVER CONTROL FROM GENERAL OJUKWU, CALLED ON HIS TROOPS TO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS, SAYING: "OUR PEOPLE ARE NOW DISILLUSI OWNED AND THOSE ELEMENTS OF THE OLD GOVERNMENT REGIME WHO HAVE MADE NEGOTIATIONS AND RECONCILIATION IMPOSSIBLE HAVE VOLUNTARILY REMOVED THEMSELVES FROM OUR MIDST."
    AS THOUSANDS MORE REFUGEES JOINED THE TREK OF THE STARVING AND THE HOMELESS, GENERAL EFFIONG SAID HE WAS CONVINCED THAT AN END MUST BE PUT TO THE BLOODSHED AND THE SUFFERINGS OF THE BIAFRAN PEOPLE. HE CALLED ON THE FEDERAL LEADER, GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, TO PAUSE, WHILE AN ARMISTICE WAS NEGOTIATED.

    FEDERAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS WELCOMED THE BROADCAST AND LATER GENERAL GOWN ORDERED HIS FIELD COMMANDERS TO DO ALL TO GIVE FULL PROTECTION TO THE SURRENDERING FORCES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7WSGJYTRL6KIEP2C69XL2Z5T4
    Media URN:
    VLVA7WSGJYTRL6KIEP2C69XL2Z5T4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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