Video Execution of Lt. Macauley Lamurde, a Nigerian Army officer who summarily executed Mathias Kanu, an unarmed man of Igbo origin, who he suspected of being an infiltrator for the secessionist army of Biafra. Lt. Lamurde had been serving with the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army (alternatively known as 3 Commando) which was headed by Colonel Benjamin Adekunle.
The incident, which occured the previous week on Tuesday, August 27th, was broadcast the following Monday on British TV. The film showed Lt. Lamurde, who hailed from the North West of Nigeria, questioning Kanu who claimed that he had been searching for his parents at the time of his apprehension by troops under Lamurde's command. During the brief interrogation, Lamurde assured an onlooking British newsman that Kanu would be taken into custody and given food. Moments later, Kanu was tied up and put in a prone position before Lt. Lamurde fired three rounds at Kanu, before soldiers under his command dragged his corpse into a nearby bush.
Lamurde was later tried before a court martial and convicted. His death warrant was signed by Colonel Adekunle and this was approved by the Army Chief of Staff.
Reuters News Story Text from 1968:
A Federal Nigerian front-line company commander was executed yesterday (Tuesday) by firing squad for (shooting) down an unarmed Biafran prisoner of war last week. The officer, not named but a Lieutenant aged 23, had been found guilty by a field court martial of "an offence against the Nigerian Army code of conduct i.e. shooting an unarmed rebel soldier." The officer was blind-folded, trussed to a tree in front of a deserted missionary school and shot dead by a four-man firing squad. His court martial had been presided over by the local federal commander, Colonel Benjamin "Black Scorpion" Adekunle, who personally signed the death sentence. The officer was executed at Port Harcourt.
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