Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin have signed a treaty on extradition, but excluded political offences from their agreement.
GV & SV EXTERIOR Institute of International Affairs building in Lagos. (2 shots)
SVs INTERIOR Delegates taking seats (2 shots)
SV Nigerian President Major-General Mohammed Buhari speaking (ENGLISH SOT)
GV Delegates applaud
SV President Ghassingbe Eyadema of Togo with buhari, leaving hall
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE THREE):
BUHARI: "Brother Heads of State and Government, the Chiefs of Staff (indistinct) Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Federal Military Government, you are brothers and sisters of Nigeria, and myself I am indeed very delighted to welcome you to Lagos. The auspicious occasion, the summit of the four heads of state and Presidents of the Republic of Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, is a culmination of efforts begun only last August to consolidate measures, and improve the security as well as the economy, political and social well-being of the peoples of our sister-countries."
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Background: Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin have signed a treaty on extradition, but excluded political offences from their agreement. The pact, signed on December 10, was one of three cooperation agreements signed after a meeting of the four countries' heads of state in Lagos. It covered extradition for offences punishable by at least two years in prison, but excluded offences connected with religion and race. Nigerian military leader Major-General Mohammed Buhari said the treaties had become necessary to combat crime in the region. the four leaders also agreed to cooperate in trade, customs and immigration in order to combat drug trafficking, arms and currency smuggling, but they decided to allow free movement of people and goods of little commercial value across their borders. The accords ended months of negotiations between the four countries since Nigeria closed its land borders in April to check smuggling. The action was said to have harmed neighbouring states dependent of Nigeria for food and fuel.