Saturday, February 8, 2020

Tag "Sani Abacha"

    Supreme court rejects family’s request to unfreeze Abacha’s foreign accounts

Supreme court rejects family’s request to unfreeze Abacha’s foreign accounts

The supreme court has dismissed an appeal to unfreeze several accounts linked to Sani Abacha, former head of state, in banks in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg blocked by the federal government in 1999. In the judgment prepared by Chima Nweze, a supreme court justice, the court held that the appeal which was filed in 2010 was “statute [...]

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    Adoke: How Abacha family hid $1bn loot — and how we smoked them out

Adoke: How Abacha family hid $1bn loot — and how we smoked them out

The Abacha family thought they had done Nigeria a favour by giving up $1.3 billion but the Goodluck Jonathan administration soon discovered that they still had $1 billion hidden in various accounts in Europe, according to Mohammed Bello Adoke. Using the Nigerian legal system, Mohammed Abacha, the eldest surviving son of the late head of state, had tried to stop the [...]

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    Nigeria back to Abacha days, says Soyinka on Sowore’s arrest

Nigeria back to Abacha days, says Soyinka on Sowore’s arrest

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has described the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), as a replay of the style deployed by Sani Abacha, late dictator and head of state. Sowore, who has been spearheading calls for a “protest against bad governance”, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) at his Lagos [...]

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    PDP senator says Saraki is just like Abacha

PDP senator says Saraki is just like Abacha

Obinna Ogba, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from Ebonyi, says Senate President Bukola Saraki is just like Sani Abacha. Abacha is the military dictator who ruled Nigeria between 1993 and 1998. His government was poorly rated in so many areas but Ogba said the retired army general was a good man. He said under Abacha, the rate of insecurity was not as [...]

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    Amaechi: Obasanjo forced me into exile yet he is comparing Buhari to Abacha

Amaechi: Obasanjo forced me into exile yet he is comparing Buhari to Abacha

Rotimi Amaechi, director general of the reelection campaign of  President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday recollected how he went into a 10-month exile in Ghana in 2006 when ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was in power. Narrating his experience, Amaechi tackled Obasanjo for saying President Muhammadu Buhari had returned Nigeria to the "Abacha era". Obasanjo said this at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun state, [...]

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    Garba Shehu: HSBC laundered $100m of Abacha Loot

Garba Shehu: HSBC laundered $100m of Abacha Loot

HSBC has no moral right to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari or make predictions about his potential second term, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, has said. He accused the bank of laundering more than $100 million for late Sani Abacha, former military head of state. In a recent report, the bank had predicted that a second tenure [...]

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    Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola and admire Abacha

Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola and admire Abacha

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent show of “admiration” for Sani Abacha, ex-military head of state. He said Buhari cannot honour MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, while also “praising” Abacha, his (Abiola's) “tormentor”. Abacha jailed Abiola in 1994 after he declared himself president, following the annulment of the 1993 [...]

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    The day Sani Abacha died!

The day Sani Abacha died!

Adulting is a difficult job! Just saying.  Today, I write as a child. I am no longer as happy as I was on June 8, 1998, when the great General Sani Abacha died. I was only eight years old, and the majority of what should have pre-occupied my mind at the time should have been my books and how to "lift" [...]

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    Long live Saint Sani Abacha

Long live Saint Sani Abacha

If statistical estimation of Nigeria’s population of 60% youth is anything to go by, then a very few percentage of Nigerian youth, in their multiple of millions, witnessed the reign of terror of General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s Head of State between 1994 and 1998. Thus, when President Muhammadu Buhari, last Tuesday, canonized the late General as one unfairly demonized, the [...]

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    Abacha built roads, Obasanjo couldn’t provide power — six things Buhari said at Aso Rock meeting

Abacha built roads, Obasanjo couldn’t provide power — six things Buhari said at Aso Rock meeting

As preparations for the 2019 elections continue to gather momentum politicians have been holding strategic meetings. On Monday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo travelled to Ondo to meet Afenifere leaders. On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking reelection, hosted the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) at the presidential villa. The president who has hardly made negative comments about Obasanjo took a swipe [...]

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    FLASHBACK: How Obasanjo ‘de-marketed’ Jonathan in 2013

FLASHBACK: How Obasanjo ‘de-marketed’ Jonathan in 2013

There are only three incumbent Nigerian presidents whom ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has not descended on heavily since he left as a military ruler in 1979. They are Sani Abacha, the late dictator who jailed him, apparently to shut him up; Ernest Shonekan, who spent just 82 days in office and himself. Of course, it would have been absurd for him [...]

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    ‘Frustrated’ soldier guns self down in Yobe

‘Frustrated’ soldier guns self down in Yobe

In what came as a surprise, a soldier identified as Samaila Gabriel, recently shot himself dead in Yobe state. The deceased with service number 09NA/63/2867 was said to have taken his life out of frustration. One of Gabriel's  colleagues told TheCable that he got frustrated as a result of the refusal of the authorities to transfer him out of the north-east [...]

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    Nigeria, US sign agreement on return of $300m ‘looted by Abacha, Alamieyeseigha’

Nigeria, US sign agreement on return of $300m ‘looted by Abacha, Alamieyeseigha’

The federal government has signed an agreement with the United States on the return of over $300 million allegedly looted by Sani Abacha, former head of state and Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, ex-governor of Bayelsa state. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, made the disclosure when he spoke at Chatham House, London, in the United Kingdom on Thursday. In his speech, titled 'Nigeria’s anti-corruption [...]

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    Ezekwesili: Abacha branded me ‘conspiracy international’

Ezekwesili: Abacha branded me ‘conspiracy international’

Oby Ezekwesili, co-founder of Transparency International (TI), says she was branded "conspiracy international" by the military government for her stance against corruption. TI ranked Nigeria as the most perceived corrupt country in its 1996 corruption perception index (CPI). At the time, Sani Abacha was serving as the country's military head of state. In an interview with Dotun Olowoporoku, social commentator, Ezekwesili said the [...]

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    Obasanjo: Abacha injected Yar’Adua with a virus

Obasanjo: Abacha injected Yar’Adua with a virus

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said Sani Abacha, former military head of state, plotted to kill Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, former chief of staff, supreme headquarters. According to PUNCH, the elder statesman said this at a dinner programme organised by an inter-denominational Christian organisation, Christ The Redeemer’s Friends International of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province 39 Chapter. He accused the late [...]

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    Remembering the martyr of democracy, MKO Abiola

Remembering the martyr of democracy, MKO Abiola

BY KAYODE KETEFE Today, June 12, 2017, Nigerians marks the 24th  anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which the late business mogul, entrepreneur par excellence, philanthropist, sport enthusiast cum promoter and astute politician, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, won by a landslide. On that day 24 years ago, something very unusual happened as Nigerians of all hues, religious persuasions, ethnic sentiments, and [...]

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