• Short Summary

    NIGERIA'S HEAD OF STATE AND THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THREE REGIONS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FLEW TO A SECRET DESTINATION TO START TALKS ON THE COUNTRY'S CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS.

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    NIGERIA'S HEAD OF STATE AND THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THREE REGIONS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FLEW TO A SECRET DESTINATION TO START TALKS ON THE COUNTRY'S CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS. THE MEETING WAS BELIEVED TO BE TAKING PLACE IN ACCRA, CAPITAL OF NEIGHBOURING GHANA, IN SPITE OF AN RECENT INCIDENT. INVOLVING AN EXECUTIVE JET AIRCRAFT WHICH HAD BEEN ORDERED BY THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THE EASTERN REGION, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CHUKWUEMEKE ODUMEGWU-OJUKWU.

    COLONEL OJUKWU HAD ORDERED THE AIRCRAFT FROM A BRITISH COMPANY. HE WANTED IT TO TAKE HIM TO A MEETING PLACE WHERE HE COULD GET TOGETHER SAFELY WITH THE THREE OTHER REGIONAL MILITARY LEADERS OF NIGERIA AND HEAD OF STATE, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON.

    BUT THE AIRCRAFT, WHICH WAS PILOTED TO LAGOS BY A 33-YEAR-OLD NEW ZEALANDER, CAPTAIN SANDY BURNS, WAS KEPT ON THE TARMAC FOLLOWING ITS DIVERSION TO THE FEDERAL CAPITAL ON SATURDAY.

    COLONEL OJUKWU, AN IBO, FEARED THAT HE COULD BE ASSASSINATED OUTSIDE HIS WON EASTERN REGION. HE HAD BOYCOTTED PREVIOUS ALL-NIGERIAN MEETINGS HELD RECENTLY TO WORK OUT A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE COUNTRY. THOUSANDS OF IBOS LIVING IN THE MAINLY HAUSA NORTH WERE KILLED WHEN NORTHERNERS IN THE ARMY STAGED A COUP LAST SEPTEMBER.

    IN A STATEMENT ON MONDAY (JANUARY 2), COLONEL OJUKWA ALLEGED THAT THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES AT LAGOS HAD DETAINED THE AIRCRAFT -- A NINE-SEATER HAWKER SIDDLEY 125 COSTING GBP 400,000 STERLING. HE SAID HE NO LONGER WANTED IT BECAUSE HE COULD PLACE NO RELIANCE ON AN AIRCRAFT WHICH HAD BEEN DETAINED..."IN SUCH SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES."
    A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT SAID THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN DIVERTED TO LAGOS FOR SECURITY REASONS. THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF IT BEING IMPOUNDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABK7H95VUBDUYI7OXSDS028NZC
    Media URN:
    VLVABK7H95VUBDUYI7OXSDS028NZC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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