The mid-west Nigerian city of Benin is now back to normal after being recaptured by Federal troops on September 21.
Benin police headquarters; various shots of recovered goods; goods being put in lorry.
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Background: The mid-west Nigerian city of Benin is now back to normal after being recaptured by Federal troops on September 21. But police are continuing their search for goods looted by civilians during the Federal takeover.
The value of the looted goods is estimated at GBP20,000 sterling. The articles - which include furniture, television sets and refrigerators - were mainly taken from Ibo tribesmen, who fled from Benin when the Federal troops arrived. People of scores of Ibos since the Biafrans lost control of Benin and retreated.
Ibos from a large minority in the mid-west and are of the same tribal grouping as the secessionist Biafrans of the eastern region, where they are predominant. A European observer said that an estimated 200 Ibos lost their lives in the first few days of the Federal takeover. The last remaining Ibos, totalling about 300 men, women and children, and now under police protection in a government-owned city school.
Benin was over-run by Biafran forces in early August. On the morning of September 21, it declared itself the "autonomous independent sovereign republic of Benin" but was captured that same night by Federal troops.