Oral Answers to Questions — Nigeria (Arrests)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will cause further inquiries to be made into the circumstances of the arrest and sentence within three hours on 17th February at Akoko District, Nigeria, of 82 elderly men arising out of their repudiation of the Oba of Olishua because of his alleged oppression; and why the requested transfer of these cases to magistrates of the Supreme Court was not allowed.

Mr. Creech Jones:

I have asked the Acting Governor for information and will write to my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these men are now serving a sentence of a year simply because they refused to recognise the Oba of Olishua whom they accused of oppression? Does not the whole matter require very careful investigation?

Mr. Creech Jones:

The matter is receiving investigation. I do not know that I can do anything more in this matter.