• Short Summary

    IN NIGERIA, AN OBSERVER TEAM CARRIED OUT AN INVESTIGATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTO THE RECENT DEATHS OF TWO INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS MEMBERS AND TWO BRITISH MISSIONARIES AT OKIGWI.

  • Description

    1.
    GV EXT. FEDERAL PALACE HOTEL
    0.03

    2.
    GV INT. GEN. ALEXANDER AND OTHER MEMBER OF TEAM SEATED AT PRESS CONFERENCE
    0.11

    3.
    CU GEN. ALEXANDER SPEAK
    1.42


    TRANSCRIPT: GENERAL ALEXANDER: "FROM THE EVIDENCE WE HAVE GATHERED WE CONCLUDE THAT THE INCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE FOR OKIGWI. NOTWITHSTANDING, ONE, THE KILLINGS WERE UNPROVOKED AND INEXCUSABLE. TWO, THEY COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD AN, AS YET, UNIDENTIFIED OFFICER TAKEN ACTION TO QUELL THE EXCITED SOLDIERS. THREE, THE KILLINGS CANNOT BE EXCUSED ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE UNIDENTIFIED OFFICER AND SOLDIERS DIDN'T KNOW THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE RED CROSS PERSONNEL. SINCE THE BUILDING IS CLEARLY MARKED, EVEN IN THE COMPOUNDS. FURTHERMORE, EACH MEMBER OF THE ICRC TEAM WAS WEARING THE EASILY IDENTIFIABLE RED CROSS BADGE ON HIS LEFT CHEST. THE SAVOURYS WORE A SIMILAR INSIGNIA. IN ADDITION, THERE WAS A RED CROSS FLAG FLYING AND THE ICRC PEOPLE ALSO HAD A RED CROSS FLAG WHICH THEY WAVED FROM THEIR SHELTER. WE HAVE GIVEN OUR FULL REPORT TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND AS FAR AS WE CAN WE HAVE COVERED EXACTLY WHAT WE THINK HAS HAPPENED. AND WE FEEL, AS I SAY AGAIN, THAT IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH TO PUBLISH A DESCRIPTION THEY CAN FREELY INVESTIGATE ON BEHALF OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE RESPONSIBILITY, AND THIS WE'VE DONE."




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    Background: IN NIGERIA, AN OBSERVER TEAM CARRIED OUT AN INVESTIGATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTO THE RECENT DEATHS OF TWO INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS MEMBERS AND TWO BRITISH MISSIONARIES AT OKIGWI. MAJOR GENERAL H.T. ALEXANDER, OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, A TEAM MEMBERS, ADDRESSED A PRESS CONFERENCE IN LAGOS.

    THE OBSERVERS A CARRIED OUT THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND THREE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS WERE WOUNDED. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WILL TAKE UP THE OBSERVER'S RECOMMENDATIONS IN A BID TO HELP AVOID SIMILAR INCIDENTS IN FUTURE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE4V7EA1VVWHCXHYMN4TSMSR0Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAE4V7EA1VVWHCXHYMN4TSMSR0Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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