Today In History: September 14

September 14, 1841

  1. On this day, the Attah of Igala officially gave a piece of land which was 16 miles along the Niger, and 4 miles deep, to the Queen of Britain. This followed an agreement with the British colony, made on September 6, to abolish slave trade in the area, having promisedto sell a piece of land near the conflulence of Niger and Benue river to be used for a model farm, to the British colony for the sum of 700,000 cowries.Today, the Attah ceded the area to the Queen of Britain after a sum of 160,000 cowries (45 pounds) was paid as first installment.


September 14, 1961

  1. On this day, Chief S. L. Akintola, the Premier of Western Nigeria, said that his government would not hesitate to banish from any part of the Region, individuals who were generally believed to be causing confusion or molesting innocent citizens.

Chief Akintola, who was touring the Mid- West, was addressing a joint meeting of the 16 local councils in Ishan Division at Ekpoma. The meeting was boycotted by all NCNC members of the councils. He said any act of lawlessness against customary judges and members of Tax Assessment Committee would be regarded as a challenge to the authority of his government. He added that whenever his government was convinced that members of any local council were not free agents of the people, such a council will be dissolved.

Chief Akintola said that his government was aware of the activities of those he described as “conspirators

and enemies of democracy in the Mid-West”, and warned that the “forces of law and order in the Region would not hesitate to punish anyone who indulges in trouble making or lawless acts.”

September 14, 1961

  1. On this day, Dr. K. O. Mbadiwe, the chairman of the NCNC Committee on African Affairs,

replied to the threat of Chief S. L. Akintola to banish trouble makers from the Region. He said that if Chief

Akintola meant what he was reported to have said, then the whole concept of power required new appraisal.

In a telegraph dispatched to Chief Akintola, Dr. Mbadiwe said that banishment as an instrument of any

governmental policy cuts across political boundaries and constituted a great challenge to the very root of Nigeria’s constitution. He described such a move as “flagrant assault to the inviolability of human personality.”

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