Today In History: September 15th

September 15, 1961

On this day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jaja Wachukwu, said, shortly before leaving the country as the head of a delegation to the 16th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, that the delegation would table a resolution at the General Assembly to subscribe to the view that 1970 should be the target date for the end of colonialism in Africa. By that resolution, he said, the Assembly would be called upon to affirm that nine years thence from, all dependent African countries should be free and independent.

Addressing a conference in Lagos on that day, Mr. Wachukwu said that Nigeria did not share the view that 1962 should be the target date to end colonialism in Africa. That, he said, was because such countries should first attain a sound and mature economic, social and political planning to ensure that their resources would not be directed to military preparedness as a result of hasty and immature independence. “We do not support nihilist politics”, he said.


September 15, 1961

Also on this day, Chief F. S. Okotie-Eboh, the Federal Minister of Finance, and head of the Nigerian delegation to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Parley, said that, Nigeria, “in spite of the pressing claims on her limited resources, had set aside some amount to cover the cost of rendering technical assistance to other African countries with relatively greater need.”  Chief Okotie-Eboh made the statement in Lagos when he was speaking on the Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan.

September 15, 2005

On this day, the British Police arrested Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the Executive governor of Bayelsa state, as part of a money laundering investigation. Alamieyeseigha was arrested at the London Heathrow Airport by the Metropolitan Police SCD6 (specialist and economic crime), on the suspicion of money laundering after almost £1 million in cash was discovered at one of his London properties. After questioning and interrogation, he was later released on bail pending further enquiries, but was warned not to leave the city of London.

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