• Short Summary

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS ARE BUSY CONSOLIDATING THEIR POSITION ON THE VITAL OIL INSTALLATION BASE OF BONNY ISLAND.

  • Description

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS ARE BUSY CONSOLIDATING THEIR POSITION ON THE VITAL OIL INSTALLATION BASE OF BONNY ISLAND. THE ISLAND IS IN THE TIDAL CHANNEL LEADING TO THE BIAFRAN STRONGHOLD OF PORT HARCOURT, THE LAST BIG CITY STILL IN BIAFRAN HANDS.

    BONNY ISLAND HAS BEEN FIERCELY CONTESTED BY BOTH SIDES SINCE THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR BEGAN. INTERMITTENT REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED OF HEAVY FIGHTING ON THE ISLAND. TWO WEEKS AGO, BIAFRA CLAIMED THAT 600 FEDERAL TROOPS WERE KILLED BY THEIR FORCES. THE BIAFRANS CLAIM THAT BONNY ISLAND IS STILL UNDER THEIR CONTROL DESPITE COUNTER CLAIMS FROM LAGOS THAT THE OIL BASE IS FIRMLY ENTRENCHED BY FEDERAL TROOPS. FEDERAL AMPHIBIOUS TROOPS, USING BONNY AS A BASE, SAY THEY HAVE RECENTLY SEIZED DAWES ISLAND FURTHER UP THE CHANNEL TOWARDS PORT HARCOURT. THE BIG INDUSTRIAL PORT OF 100,000 PEOPLE IS A PRIME TARGET OF LAGOS.

    ON BONNY ISLAND, FOREIGN MISSIONARIES HAVE ARRIVED TO ATTEMPT TO HELP KEEP HARMONIOUS RELATIONS BETWEEN FEDERAL TROOPS, CAPTURED BIAFRANS AND LOCAL PEOPLE. THE MISSIONARIES ARE ALSO HELPING TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD, CLOTHING AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES REPORTEDLY SUPPLIED BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT FOR PRISONERS OF WAR AND CIVILIANS ALIKE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAYU6SVDOHDDTYTH5BHWEP3Q2U
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYU6SVDOHDDTYTH5BHWEP3Q2U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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