§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he will inform the House as to the cause and extent of the Military operations against the Emir of Ilorin on which the Lagos Government is now engaged; and whether these operations are being conducted in conjunction with the Royal Niger Company, which claims that the Ilorin district is part of its territory?
§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN
A detachment of the Lagos constabulary stationed at Odo Otin, in the Lagos sphere of influence, has been twice attacked by a party of Ilorins, who have 449 been repulsed without any casualties on the side of the constabulary. The officer in command of the detachment has been instructed to act on the defensive, and Her Majesty's Government are in communication with the Royal Niger Company on the subject. The cause of these attacks is not clear, and I am waiting for further information on the subject.