Al-Mustapha: I Know How Abiola, Abacha were Killed

at 10:56 AM, 2/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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One of Nigeria’s most dramatic and longest-running court cases came alive again Monday. Former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, told a Lagos High Court that he was in possession of video and audio evidence on how Abacha and the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, “were murdered”.

Abacha died suddenly on June 8, 1998 allegedly from cardiac arrest while Abiola, who had been incarcerated since 1994 for declaring himself president based on the 1993 election annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, died three weeks later. He was also said to have died from cardiac arrest.

But Al-Mustapha, regarded as the most powerful aide to Abacha, said yesterday that former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, was the man behind his indefinite incarceration because of what he knows about Abiola’s death.
Al-Mustapha was arrested in 1999 over the June 4, 1996 killing of Abiola’s wife, Kudirat, who was a major voice in the campaign to validate the annulled election.

Al-Mustapha was led in evidence Monday by his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, while opening his defence in his trial.
He broke down as he told Justice Mojisola Dada that he had both audio and video evidence on suspicious deaths of the two principal characters in Nigerian politics in the logjam years.
He told the court that Abubakar was living in fear that he would divulge information at his disposal and wanted him to spend the rest of his life in prison custody.

Al-Mustapha told the court: “In the course of this testimony, I wish to say that I will omit any issue that will affect the national security of the country as a serving officer of the Nigerian Army. My incarceration was as a result of a script written and acted out by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, to further keep me in prison.

“First were the events that happened after the murder of General Sani Abacha and late Chief MKO Abiola. For fear that I may divulge information that led to their death, they have to keep me in prison till date. I am an officer who is being persecuted. After the death of Abacha, so much happened within three days and the country was without a president or vice-president. The then Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Diya, was imprisoned for staging a coup. Many senior officers wanted to become Head of State, but God gave me the wisdom and I assisted General Abdulsalami Abubakar to become president. But, this is the price I am paying for my loyalty and for assisting him.”

Al-Mustapha, who told the court that he was enlisted into the Nigeria Army in 1980, added that he served in various units before his appointment as CSO to Abacha.
According to him, there is documentary evidence to show that shortly after the death of Abiola, Abubakar allegedly ordered that various sums of money should be withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He told the court that $200 million, £75 million and N500 million were withdrawn from the CBN to appease South-west leaders and douse the tension that arose after the death of Abiola.
He told the court that he knew Abiola as far back as 1985 and that the late politician was like a father to him, adding that even after the annulment of June 12, he assisted Abiola on several occasions to gain access to senior military officers including Abacha.
He said on one occasion, Abiola slept and eat amala in his house when it was too late for him to go back home after consultations with some senior military officers on how he could regain his mandate.

Al-Mustapha further told the court that all visitations to Abiola were on tape, disclosing that some people after visiting Abiola would come back at night to the Presidential Villa to speak against him.
He said he did not order Sergeant Barnabas Jabila Msheila (alias Sgt Rogers) to kill Kudirat, saying that “on several occasions I assisted Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Mr. Kola Abiola, Dr. Ore Falomo and his lawyers to visit him (Abiola) in prison.  Abiola would have been killed the very day Abacha died but I relocated him within the barracks and used the Strike Force to protect him from those who wanted to balance the equation.”

Msheila had told the Oputa Panel in 2001 that Al-Mustapha ordered him to kill Kudirat after which he was given N50,000 as a “tip”.
Following the acquittal of the former Police Commander in Aso Rock, CSP Rabo Lawal, who was standing trial with Al-Mustapha, the former CSO had threatened to reveal all the information he had been keeping.

Published at: 10:56 AM, 2/08/2011 (7 years ago)
Author: Peter Izu
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frayobkk at 02:44 PM, 4/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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hope u ar not paid for all this drama

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mat-James at 02:48 PM, 4/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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someone in a prison for more than 10yrs,
who paid him? i tell you some big oga's in 9ja today
knows the truth of wat this guy is saying
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shaoyang at 03:00 PM, 4/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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Why is he saying it now that GEJ is the president Huh? want to cause confussion again Huh?
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mat-James at 03:34 PM, 4/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: shaoyang on 03:00 PM,  4/08/2011
Why is he saying it now that GEJ is the president Huh? want to cause confussion again Huh?


haaaa, trust nigerians & their system of governance, sometimes wat u see around in the daylight is not wat is real, cos at night they change things upside down.  the former leadership & judiciary shuld be in a good ground to tell you why they have prolong the case to donkey years, and never reach it conclusion.
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cadanre at 06:35 PM, 4/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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Hamza, what abracadabra is going on?

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j-rules at 09:51 PM, 4/08/2011 (7 years ago)
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them wan start again o!!! Holy Ghost fire pursue all those who do not want peace and tranquility in this country
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Chijoy4peace at 04:09 PM, 12/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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THIS FOOLISH MAN IS JUST TELLING US BIG LIE SO HE COULD BE RELEASED FFROM D PRISON. YOU GO D SAME WAY UR EVIL OGA ABACHA WENT, MADMAN. YOU WANT US TO UR STORY WICKED ANIMALS
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Chijoy4peace at 04:12 PM, 12/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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YOU WANT US TO BLIVE UR FAKE STORY EEHN?  Angry FOOOOLL URSELF N ROTTEN IN D PRISON THERE.
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Chijoy4peace at 04:15 PM, 12/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: Chijoy4peace on 04:09 PM, 12/06/2012
THIS FOOLISH MAN IS JUST TELLING US BIG LIES, SO HE COULD BE RELEASED FROM D PRISON. YOU WILL GO D SAME WAY UR EVIL OGA ABACHA WENT, MADMAN. YOU WANT US TO BELIEVE UR STORY WICKED ANIMAL Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Solidstonez at 06:16 PM, 12/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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NAWAHO....NIGERIA WITH DRAMA...GOD HELP US ALL

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bellocity at 09:19 PM, 12/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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Yeah,
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tusk at 10:59 AM, 13/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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They are at it again..shifting attention...this country is full of master planners they never rest...do you know how much is been  spent on this drama...judiciary & logistics...
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