• Short Summary

    TROOPS OF THE SELF-STYLED REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA, THE BREAK-AWAY REGION, ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN FLEEING IN DISARRAY FROM THE UNIVERSITY CITY OF NSUKKA, CAPTURED ON FRIDAY (14 JULY) BY THE FEDERAL ARMY.

  • Description

    TROOPS OF THE SELF-STYLED REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA, THE BREAK-AWAY REGION, ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN FLEEING IN DISARRAY FROM THE UNIVERSITY CITY OF NSUKKA, CAPTURED ON FRIDAY (14 JULY) BY THE FEDERAL ARMY. BUT IN HIS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE FIGHTING BEGAN, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL OJUKWU, LEADER OF THE SECESSIONIST REGION, SAID THAT BIAFRA COULD SURVIVE.

    NSUKKA, A KEY UNIVERSITY CITY 41 MILES (964 KM) NORTH OF THE BIAFRAN CAPITAL OF ENUGU, FELL TO THE FEDERAL TROOPS ON FRIDAY NIGHT BITTER FIGHTING BY EASTERN REGION TROOPS STRUGGLING TO HOLD AGAINST INFANTRY ATTACKS AND SHELLING.

    LATER, THE SUPREME MILITARY HEADQUARTERS IN LAGOS ANNOUNCED THAT SECESSIONIST TROOPS WERE RETREATING SOUTHWARDS IN DISARRAY.

    THE SEIZURE OF NSUKKA IS REGARDED AS A MAJOR PSYCHOLOGICAL VICTORY FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT IS THOUGHT THAT IS WAS NSUKKA THAT COLONEL OJUKWU'S SECESSIONIST BID WAS PLANNED.

    IBO TRIBESMEN, WHO HAVE BEEN FLEEING FROM THE CAPTURED CITY, HAVE BEEN URGED BY BIAFRA RADIO TO POISON ANY FOOD WHICH MIGHT FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE FEDERAL TROOPS.

    MEANWHILE, ON THE SAME DAY THAT NSUKKA FELL, COLONEL OJUKWU HELD HIS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE FIGHTING BEGAN AND TOLD FOREIGN JOURNALISTS THAT ALTHOUGH THE FEDERAL BLOCKADE OF THE EASTERN REGION WAS WORKING, SUPPLIES WERE STILL GETTING THROUGH. AND, HE SAID, BIAFRA COULD SURVIVE, POLITICALLY, ECONOMICALLY, AND MILITARY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9GPA7YW1WJ0B5CO50RFHJV0OP
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GPA7YW1WJ0B5CO50RFHJV0OP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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