HC Deb 07 July 1910 vol 18 cc1917-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the fact, according to the Report of the recent Committee of Inquiry into the Liquor Traffic of Southern Nigeria, that the pension of the bale or head chief of Ibadan was suspended for about two months because he advised his people to cease to deal in spirits; will he say whether the suspension of the pension by the Colonial Administration had the sanction of the Colonial Office; and, if not, what notice, if any, was taken of this act of the Colonial Administration; and what steps the Colonial Office proposes to take to prevent the recurrence of any such proceedings in the future?

Colonel SEELY

The stoppage of the stipend took place without the authority of the Colonial Government, and, of course, without the knowledge of the Secretary of State. The officer who took this step has been suitably admonished, and the Governor ordered the arrears to be paid as soon as the facts were brought to his notice. The action taken by the Secretary of State and the Governor in this case will doubtless prevent any recurrence of a similar incident.