• Short Summary

    AS THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA CONTINUES UNCERTAIN, GENERAL JOHNSON AGUIYI-IRONSI, THE MILITARY RULER, ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF A SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL AND A FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WITH HIMSELF AS PRESIDENT OF BOTH.

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    AS THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA CONTINUES UNCERTAIN, GENERAL JOHNSON AGUIYI-IRONSI, THE MILITARY RULER, ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF A SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL AND A FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WITH HIMSELF AS PRESIDENT OF BOTH. IN THE MEANTIME, MAJOR CHUKWUMA NZEGU, SAID TO BE THE REBEL LEADER REMAINS IN KADUNA, CAPITAL OF NIGERIA'S NORTHERN REGION.

    THE FATE OF THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA, KIDNAPPED AT THE OUTSET OF THE UPRISING ON 15 JAN., IS STILL UNKNOWN -- THOUGH VARIOUS REPORTS HAVE SUGGESTED THAT HE IS DEAD. THE FINANCE MINISTER, CHIEF FESTUS OKOTIE-EBOH, KIDNAPPED AT THE SAME TIME, WAS SHOT DEAD. HIS BODY WAS FOUND IN A SHALLOW GRAVE 30 MILES FROM LAGOS.

    IN IBADAN, CAPITAL OF WESTERN NIGERIA, THE PREMIER, CHIEF SAMUEL AKINTOLA, AND MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY WERE KILLED.

    HOWEVER, SINCE THE LIGHTNING UPRISING, SPEARHEADED BY A GROUP OF JUNIOR OFFICERS, THE ARMY HAVE CLOSED THEIR RANKS AND TAKEN CONTROL.

    AT KADUNA, MAJOR NZEGU WAS INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE START OF THE UPRISING AND HOW THE SARDAUNA DIED. HE SAID THAT HE REMAINED A "FRIEND" OF THE NEW MILITARY RULER, GENERAL IRONSI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9UFC3U1MUJFJVF2J7693EMYDP
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UFC3U1MUJFJVF2J7693EMYDP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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