REVEALED: How Late Gen. Sani Abacha Survived Eight Coup Attempts –Al-Mustapha
Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to late Gen. Sani Abacha, said there were eight attempts to topple the maximum ruler before he died.
He said the former head of state died at a time a coup was being staged to overthrow him.
While speaking in an interview on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, monitored in Kaduna on Thursday, Al-Mustapha said Nigerians only knew of three coup attempts that his boss survived.
“Let me tell you something about Abacha, eight coups were staged to topple him before he died.
“Nigerians knew of only three coup attempts against Abacha, but there were eight coup attempts. He died when they were plotting the 8th,” Al-Mustapha said.
Also speaking on the recovered Abacha loot, Al-Mustapha insisted that the billions stashed in banks overseas during the regime of late General Sani Abacha was not a unilateral decision.
The former CSO said, “I have said it that there was a period Nigeria was to be sanctioned. So there were plans to keep money overseas so that Nigeria and Nigerians would not suffer when the sanction was imposed on the country.
“We gathered emirs and chiefs from the South and from the North, together with VIPs of that time; those in government and those not in government. We met at a place called Camp Bassey Officers’ Mess in the Brigade of Guards. It was there we deliberated on the threat to sanction Nigeria. Many decisions were made.”
“The meeting was also attended by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning, the CBN, etc.”
“It is surprising…. you should know when a person is opening an account, it is that every person that will go to the bank for biometric capture.
“The person’s photograph will be taken, he will avail the bank with the required information, the source of the money, all these are requirements that must be met. The portfolio capital movement, also the time and date of the movement.”
“But for him, that had not gone to these countries where the money was kept, what justification have they to say the accounts belonged to him? Have they ever seen where late Abacha appended his signature or thumbprint that the money belonged to him.?
“I’m surprised by the way Abacha is been blackmailed .”
“I am surprised because when he assumed leadership, Nigeria had less than 2 billion in the foreign reserve.Things were not organized. “.
“But within 4 years and 8 months, he did what was possible to raise it to over 9 billion dollars ” “But after his death, all these billions vanished in 9 months.”
“The person that raised Nigeria’s image and enhanced security is now the subject of insult. But those who shared the money he left, are still alive and untouchable. ”