HC Deb 19 February 1895 vol 30 c1098

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information as to the reported rising of Natives in the Niger Protectorate; whether the Natives who made the attack on Akassa have since then threatened to attack Brass; and what preparations have been made to support the authority of Her Majesty's Commissioner, Sir Claude MacDonald?


An attack has been made on the establishment of the Royal Niger Company at Akassa by a large number of natives of Brass and other neighbouring tribes. Some of the native employés of the Company were killed. No European lives were lost, but two officers of the Company's police have been severely wounded. We have no corroboration of the reports of intended attacks on Brass, which is well garrisoned. Her Majesty's Commissioner, who has under his command an efficient police force, is supported by the presence of the Admiral commanding the West African Station with a portion of his squadron and by the forces and armed vessels of the Niger Company.