On this day in 1998; After talks with new ruler Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said all political prisoners will be released in Nigeria.
Also on this day in 2015; Tragedy struck, at Irawe area of Ojo, Lagos State of Nigeria, after a canoe conveying 14 schoolchildren capsized.
Six children reportedly drowned, while eight others, including the driver, were rescued. The incident occurred after a fibre canoe reportedly ran into the passenger boat at about 9 a.m.
Equally on this day in 1963; Cameroon closed its sea and airports to both Portugal and South Africa.
Likewise on this day in 1925;Patrice Emery Lumumba, premier of the Congo (1960-1961), is born in Katoko-Kombe (Kasai).
And on this day in 1839; African slaves being shipped to Cuba, revolt and seize the ship Amistad, leading to the eventual end of the African slave market.