HC Deb 16 February 1944 vol 397 cc160-1
21. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any further information respecting the restrictions imposed on Mr. Imoudu, President of the Railway Workers' Union in Nigeria and the Rev. Thomas Dosumu; and when these restrictions will be removed.

Mr. Emus-Evans

As regards Mr. Imoudu, I have nothing to add to my right hon. and gallant Friend's reply of 1st July last. With regard to the Rev. Thomas Dosumu, the latest information available is that the detention order made in respect of him, under Colonial Defence Regulations of 1942, is still in force, and that he is detained at Bo Camp, in Sierra Leone. Arrangements have been made for his wife and child to share his house there. If and when fresh decisions are practicable in his case, I will arrange for my hon. Friend to be informed.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that there has been considerable criticism in the West African Press regarding the detention of these two men and others; and can he say what led to their detention?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

No, Sir, I am afraid I cannot add to my reply. These men have been detained under Defence Regulations. The Governor was asked to review the second case, as recently as last month.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the hon. Gentleman indicate to the Governor the precedent already set in this country?