• Short Summary

    The swearing-in took place in Lagos on April 11 of members of Nigeria's special military tribunals which will try 475 detainees charged with financial misdemeanour.

  • Description

    1.
    GV EXTERIOR Supreme Court building in Lagos.
    0.08

    2.
    SV INTERIOR Armed Forces officers arriving.
    0.45

    3.
    SV Journalists in group.
    0.53

    4.
    CU PAN Seated members waiting to be sworn in. (2 SHOTS)
    1.07

    5.
    SV Naval officer walks forward and takes oath. (SOT)
    2.11

    6.
    CU Chief Justice Sowemimo listens as Air Force officer walks forward and takes oath. (SOT)
    2.45


    TRANSCRIPT: NAVAL OFFICER: (SEQ 5) "I (name indistinct), affirm that as member of the special military tribunal in (indistinct) set up under the recovery of public property (special military tribunals) decree 1984 and 1984 Number 3, I will faithfully and impartially, and to the best of my ability discharge the duties devolving upon me under the tribunal, so help me God."



    AIR FORCE OFFICER: (SEQ 6) "I, Wing Commander (name indistinct), swear that as a member of the special military tribunal in (indistinct) set up under the recovery of public property special military tribunals decree 1984 and 1984 Number 3, I will faithfully and impartially, and to the best of my ability, discharge the duties devolving upon me under the tribunal, so help me God."





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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The swearing-in took place in Lagos on April 11 of members of Nigeria's special military tribunals which will try 475 detainees charged with financial misdemeanour. The military government, in power since a coup on December 31, 1983, arrested public officials and businessmen accused of diverting millions of dollars of public money under the previous civilian regime. The tribunal members, 20 military officers and five judges, were sworn in by Chief Justice Sodiende Sowemimo, and will begin their work around the end of April in five regional centres. When Major-General Mohammed Buhari came to power in the New Year's Eve coup, he promised a crackdown on public corruption as one way of solving Nigeria's economic crisis. In February, 1984, his government launched a "War against Indiscipline" to encourage a more efficient society. More recently, security forces in Lagos rounded up 6,000 suspected criminals, political extremists and illegal aliens. A drive is currently in progress to force down food prices through raids on shopkeepers and others suspected of hoarding food.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8BN94098WD5P4NOR63JWXPP2K
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BN94098WD5P4NOR63JWXPP2K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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