• Short Summary

    AT IBADAN IN WESTERN NIGERIA, THE NIGERIAN PLAYWRIGHT AND UNIVERSITY LECTURER, WOLE SOYINKA WAS ACCUSED IN COURT YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) OF BEING THE GUNMAN WHO LAST MONTH SUBSTITUTED AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT BROADCAST FOR ONE BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF WESTER NIGERIA, CHIEF SAMUEL AKINTOLA.

  • Description

    AT IBADAN IN WESTERN NIGERIA, THE NIGERIAN PLAYWRIGHT AND UNIVERSITY LECTURER, WOLE SOYINKA WAS ACCUSED IN COURT YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) OF BEING THE GUNMAN WHO LAST MONTH SUBSTITUTED AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT BROADCAST FOR ONE BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF WESTER NIGERIA, CHIEF SAMUEL AKINTOLA.

    SOYINKA IS CHARGE WITH STEALING TWO TAPES, THE PROPERTY OF THE NIGERIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AND THREATENING VIOLENCE. THE PROSECUTION ALLEGED THAT SOYINKA GOT INTO THE OFFICE OF RADIO NIGERIA, HELD UP THE STAFF ON DUTY AT GUNPOINT, AND REMOVED THE TWO TAPES CONTAINING THE PRIME MINISTER'S SPEECH. IT WAS ABOUT TO BE RELAYED, BUT HE SUBSTITUTED ANOTHER.

    EARLIER THE HEARING WAS ADJOURNED BRIEFLY TO ENABLE THE DEFENCE TO GET FULLER EVIDENCE. THIS FOLLOWED A COMPLAINT BY LEADING DEFENCE COUNSEL, MR MICHAEL A ODESANYA, THAT THE PROSECUTION HAD REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH THE COURT'S RULING LAST WEEK THAT THE DEFENCE SHOULD BE SUPPLIED WITH PROOF OF EVIDENCE BEFORE THE HEARING BEGAN.

    (SOYINKA WAS IN LONDON FOR THE RECENT COMMONWEALTH ARTS FESTIVAL AT WHICH HIS PLAY, "THE ROAD," WAS PRESENTED.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA929M49BRF2BDM1ZYQFQYPGQ7G
    Media URN:
    VLVA929M49BRF2BDM1ZYQFQYPGQ7G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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