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Nigeria (Dispute)

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Kalabaris have been arrested in Eastern Nigeria as a result of inter-tribal warfare; whether it is proposed to hold a commission of inquiry into the origins of this outbreak; and whether he will make a statement on the present position in the area.

One hundred and seventeen Kalabaris have been arrested. The outbreak took place while consultations were actually proceeding with both parties about the recommendations of a commission of inquiry which had reported on the causes of the dispute. The administration is now engaged in bringing the offenders to justice, in maintaining law and order in the area, and in ensuring a settlement of the matters in dispute in the ways recommended by the commission.