• Short Summary

    LEADERS OF THE NIGERIAN TRADES UNION CONGRESS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) DELIVERED TO THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER A PETITION CONDEMNING BRITAIN'S "PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS" IN AN ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO SEND TROOPS TO NIGERIA.

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    LEADERS OF THE NIGERIAN TRADES UNION CONGRESS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) DELIVERED TO THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER A PETITION CONDEMNING BRITAIN'S "PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS" IN AN ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO SEND TROOPS TO NIGERIA. THE PROTEST CAME ONLY HOURS BEFORE A ROYAL AIR FORCE HERCULES TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT ARRIVED IN LAGOS FROM ENGLAND WITH 17 TONS OF FOOD FOR STARVING PEOPLE IN BIAFRA.

    THE TRADES UNION WORKERS DEFIED A ONE-YEAR-OLD POLICE BAN BY HOLDING THEIR MARCH. THEIR PETITION ACCUSED BRITAIN OF TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S AUTHORITY AND TO INTERNATIONALISE NIGERIA'S CIVIL WAR. BRITAIN HAS ALREADY OFFERED TO SEND AN INFANTRY BATTALION TO SERVE WITH ANY COMMONWEALTH PEACE-KEEPING FORCE. A BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION SPOKESMAN SAID IN LAGOS THAT BRITAIN WOULD ONLY SEND THE FORCE IF IT WAS REQUESTED BOTH BY LAGOS AND THE BIAFRANS. THE FEDERAL COMMISSION OF COMMUNICATIONS, MR. AMINU KANO, APPEALED TO THE WORKERS NOT TO CARRY OUT THE DEMONSTRATION. THEY LATER DISPERSED AFTER A TWO MILE MARCH THROUGH LAGOS.

    THE SAME DAY, A ROYAL AIR FORCE HERCULES TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT ARRIVED FROM SWINDON, ENGLAND, WITH 17 TONS OF FOOD SENT BY BRITISH RELIEF ORGANISATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT. THE CARGO INCLUDED TINNED MEAT, RICE, EGGS AND CHILDREN'S FOOD. THE HEAD OF THE BRITISH RELIEF FORCE IN NIGERIA, LORD HUNT, AND THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER WERE AT LAGOS AIRPORT TO WELCOME THE AIRCRAFT. THE PROBLEM OF GETTING THE FOOD TO BIAFRA, WHERE 600-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE REPORTED TO BE STARVING TO DEATH, HASN'T BEEN SOLVED. THE BIAFRANS WON'T ALLOW BRITAIN TO BRING THE FOOD IN BY ROAD AND THE LAGOS GOVERNMENT WON'T ALLOW AIR-FLIGHTS. THE POSSIBILITY OF SHIPPING SUPPLIES INTO BIAFRA THROUGH THE FEDERAL-HELD PORT OF ONITSHA IS BEING CONSIDERED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADZ5DJOINRVCMPDNAH094TKMKY
    Media URN:
    VLVADZ5DJOINRVCMPDNAH094TKMKY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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