Nigeria has completed the withdrawal of its troops serving with the United Nations peace-keeping force (UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon.
1. GV Nigerian UNIFIL troops waiting on tarmac 0.06
2. CU "U.N." sign on the side of truck 0.08
3. CU Nigerian soldier wearing UNIFIL uniform (2 shots) 0.14
4. SVs Nigerian soldiers waiting on tarmac with belongings (4 shots) 0.50
5. LV Luggage of the troops on the tarmac 0.56
6. GV Troops boarding aircraft (2 shots) 1.05
7. SV Soldier boarding aircraft carrying religious painting 1.11
8. GV Soldiers board plane while UNIFIL officer furls a UN flag on a car 1.15
9. GV PAN Troops leave bus and board aircraft 1.23
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Nigeria has completed the withdrawal of its troops serving with the United Nations peace-keeping force (UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon. The last batch of Soldiers from a contingent of nearly 450 men returned to Lagos on January 26. During Nigeria's participation in the peace-keeping operation a total of nine battalions were deployed at various times. President Shehu Shagari said last October (1982) he was withdrawing the Nigeria force, because of what he called "continued Israeli aggression in Lebanon". As these men prepared to board their aircraft at Beirut airport, senior officers berated them for the excess luggage they were carrying in the form of gifts and souvenirs. The U.N. Security Council extended the UNIFIL mandate for six months on January 19 despite Israel's assertion that it was no longer required.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED AWWAD