November 11, 1967

On this day, fifty-year old William Platinga, a captain of the Dutch ship, JOZINA, captured off the Calabar channel by a patrol boat of the Nigerian Navy, and six of his crew appeared in court for the second time. They were all charged with unlawful importation of arms into Nigeria. The six others were:


  1. Dirk Dieleman (26)
  2. Dirk Vant Wout (25)
  3. Paul Augustin (26)
  4. Roolaf Kerssies (47)
  5. Ruben Otero (27)
  6. Horatio Naqueiria (30)

When they first appeared at a Lagos chief magistrate’s court on November 4, they were charged with unlawfully importing 460 cases of double and single barreled shotguns and 257 cases of shotgun cartridges into the country.

Two others who were found in the ship with the accused, Rooleina Geren, the pregnant wife of Dirk Vant Wout and Christiana Jalling Rpoma, had earlier been released on the order of the Federal Military Government.

When the case came up for hearing, Mr. Etim Inyang, chief superintendent of police, told the court that the police had not completed their investigation.

He asked the court for a short adjournment to enable the police complete their enquiries. The application was granted and the case was adjourned till the following day. No plea was taken.

Etim Inyang and JOZINA crew members



Also on this day, the Libyan and ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Hussein, called on the Federal Commissioner for Communications, Alhaji Aminu Kano. Alhaji Aminu Kano told the Libyan ambassador that the problems facing Nigeria were problems facing the whole of Africa. They probably concerned Libya more, he added, as Libya also had oil like Nigeria.

Replying, the ambassador noted that imperialist interference in African affairs had not given Africa respite to solve her problems. Libya, he further said, supported Nigeria in her efforts for self determination and he hoped the crisis in the country (Nigeria) would soon come to an end.

Aminu Kano

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