"Usually reliable sources" quoted by Reuter today (Saturday) claim that Federal Nigerian Civil War commanders are to be removed from the fronts and reassigned to new jobs at the Supreme Military Headquarters in Lagos.
MEMBERS OF COUNCIL ARRIVING FOR MEETING; GENERAL GOWON IN COUNCIL MEETING.
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Background: "Usually reliable sources" quoted by Reuter today (Saturday) claim that Federal Nigerian Civil War commanders are to be removed from the fronts and reassigned to new jobs at the Supreme Military Headquarters in Lagos. The London Times said today that Colonel Benjamin Adenkunle was among those relieved of their front-line commands. The decision to reassign the men was reported to have been made at the current meeting of the Military Council in Lagos.
According to Reuter, the Supreme Military Council, which began meeting on Thursday, was considering proposals to appoint new men to conduct the 23-month civil war against Biafra, the breakaway eastern region of Nigeria.
According to Reuter's sources, Colonel Adekunle, volatile commander of the Third Marine Commando Division, was being considered for the post of Director of Training and Planning.
Colonel Mohamed Shuwa (First Division, Bawed Enugu), whose units captured Umuahia, the Biafran administrative headquarters, was expected to become Military Secretary.
The Supreme Military Council is holding its meeting at the Dodan Barracks in Lagos, under the chairmanship of Federal Nigerian leader Major-General Yakubu Gowon. General Gowon called the Council meeting to discuss the recent loss to Biafran troops of the strategic town of Owerri.
The meeting is being attended by state military governors, service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police. Among the delegates were Rear Admiral of the Nigerian Navy and Colonel Johnson, the Lagos state governor.
In its first sessions the Council approved a new national budget in which the emphasis was on increased military expenditure.