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Britain, Nigeria Restore Links

February 11, 1986|From Reuters

LONDON — Britain restored full diplomatic relations with Nigeria today, repairing a rift that began two years ago after a Nigerian attempt to smuggle a kidnaped former Nigerian official back to Lagos in an aircraft crate.

The Foreign Office said veteran diplomat Martin Ewans has been appointed high commissioner to Nigeria, Britain's biggest trading partner in black Africa. The two countries downgraded their diplomatic links and withdrew their high commissioners in July, 1984, after a bungled attempt to whisk Umaru Dikko, a former transport minister, to Lagos to face charges of misusing public funds.

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