The Event that took place on December 15, 1967

On this day, Dr. Michael Okpara, one time Premier of Eastern Nigeria and new chief political adviser to rebel leader, Emeka Ojukwu, was refused entry into France. According to a report from Paris on this day, Dr. Okpara was held overnight at Orly Airport after arriving from Dar-es-Salaam, because he did not have a visa.

The rebel chief agent whose flight was 12 hours late in arriving in France, later told reporters that he might be leaving for Frankfurt in Germany. He was also quoted as saying that he wanted to enter France to see his brother. He declined to make further comments. But according to information sources, the rebel chief agent planned to seek support for his rebel regime in France. Meanwhile, France had already clearly state that she was supporting the Federal Military Government and had no intention to recognize the rebel regime.

When asked what Dr. Okapra discussed with him during his brief visit in Dar-es-Salaam, President Kenneth Kaunda said in Lusaka that there was no question of any individual African country going into the Nigerian situation since the matter was already being handled by the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The situation, he added, should be left for the OAU.



Also on this day, the Federal Commissioner for Information and Labour, Chief Anthony Enahoro left Lagos for Accra, for talks with the Ghanaian Government. There was no official indication in Lagos on what Chief Enahoro would discuss in Ghana, but observers suggested his trip might be connected with the work of O.A.U. consultative mission on Nigeria.

Chief Enahoro refused to disclose the purpose of his mission to Ghana when pressed by reporters in Ikeja Airport. He also refused to talk to the Press on his arrival in Accra yesterday. It was however reported that the Information Commissioner would hold a Press conference in Accra on the present situation in Nigeria at the time.

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