Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha has recounted how the former boss died.
Al-Mustapha said Abacha did not die after eating an apple from his concubines, as widely speculated.
Speaking on how his late boss died, the former CSO said Abacha died after a brief illness.
According to report, Al-Mustapha said the late military ruler’s health suddenly collapsed on June 7, 1998, from the Abuja International Airport, after one of the security personnel, who accompanied President Yasser Arafat of Palestine shook hands with him.
Al-Mustapha said: “Shortly after the handshake, I noticed the change in the countenance of the late Commander-in-Chief, and I immediately informed the Aide-de-Camp, Lt. Col. Abdallah, who advised that we keep a close watch on him.
Later in the evening of June 8, 1998, around 6 p.m., his doctor came around and administered an injection to stabilise him. He was advised to have a short rest.
“At about 5 a.m., the security guards ran to my quarters to inform me that Abacha was very unstable.”
Al-Mustapha disclosed that he thought the officers who came to his house were an attempted coup plot, so he had to divert their attention on his movement to Abacha’s residence.
“He added: “When I got to the bedside of the Head of State, he was already gasping. Ordinarily, I could not just touch him. It was not allowed in our job.
“But under the situation, I knelt close to him and shouted: ‘General Sani Abacha, Sir, please grant me permission to touch and carry you.
“I again knocked at the stool beside the bed and shouted in the same manner, yet he did not respond. I then realised that there was a danger.
“I immediately called the Head of State’s personal physician, Dr. Wali, who arrived in the place in eight minutes from his house.“He immediately gave Abacha two doses of injection, one at the heart and another close to his neck. This did not work apparently, as the Head of State had turned very cold.
Collaborating the story, former minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said:
“Gen. Sani Abacha was killed by one of late Yasser Ararat’s bodyguards. He administered poison to him through a handshake. This was done at the behest of the CIA. Two former Nig. Heads of State & a for. Head of Military Intelligence who are also CIA agents knew about the plan.
“The same people decided that MKO Abiola had to be killed as well in order to balance the equation. The CIA, through Susan Rice & Ambasador Pickering, did the rest. Nigerians pls know your history and find out the truth. Stop accepting the lies that are fed to you and stop brushing evil under the carpet.
“Neither Abacha nor Abiola deserved to be murdered even if we did not all agree with either or both of them. The CIA has no friends & there is nothing more despicable than working for a foreign intelligence agency against ur own people & nation.”