Rioting students, demonstrating over the death of former Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, ransacked the British High Commission in Lagos on Tuesday (17 February).
GV Cathedral with security guards outside
SV New leader entering cathedral for memorial service
GV Mosque with military leaders leaving service
GV Demonstrators through streets
CU Placards and banners 'No room for traitors in Nigeria' and 'Cia go home -- you killed Muhammed'
GV & CU British High Commission being repaired after demonstrators had broken windows (4 shots)
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Background: Rioting students, demonstrating over the death of former Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, ransacked the British High Commission in Lagos on Tuesday (17 February).
The students, calling for a full investigation into the attempted coup in which General Muhammed was killed, were eventually driven from the building by Police using tear gas. But first the hundreds of students smashed windows and ransacked the Reuter news agency office in the building.
The attack came after a visit to the High Commission by Lieutenant-Colonel B.S. Dimka, leader of the coup, who tried to have a message relayed to another former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, who lives in Britain.
The students carried banners and called for the extradition of General Gowon to Nigeria to face changes that the helped plan the coup.
Britain claimed compensation for damage to the building, but later withdrew the claim.
The Nigerian government issued a statement saying that the coup, on 13 February, was aimed at restoring General Gowon to power.
Most of the armed forces remained loyal to the government and quickly crushed the rebellion.
General Gowon was ousted by General Muhammed in July, 1975, while he was in Uganda for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Conference.
General Muhammed, who was 37, was buried at his home town of Kano, in Northern Nigeria 36 hours after his assassination in Lagos.
At the end of seven days of mourning on Friday (20 February) memorial services for the late General were held in Christian churches and mosques throughout the country.