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    PHOTOS: Nigeria spoke as one on June 12, says Kola Abiola at rebranding of MKO stadium

PHOTOS: Nigeria spoke as one on June 12, says Kola Abiola at rebranding of MKO stadium

Kola Abiola, the first son of late Moshood Abiola, says Nigeria will always remember June 12, as the day it "spoke as one filled with hope for a greater tomorrow." Kola was speaking on Friday during the official unveiling of the signage at the MKO Abiola Stadium, which was formerly the Abuja National Stadium. He said the renaming of the sport complex after his [...]

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    EXTRA: Abacha kept money overseas so that Nigerians won’t suffer, says Al-Mustapha 

EXTRA: Abacha kept money overseas so that Nigerians won’t suffer, says Al-Mustapha 

Hamza Al-Mustapha says Sani Abacha, the military dictator who died in 1998, kept money overseas so that Nigerians will not suffer.  Over $3.624 billion looted by Abacha has been recovered from four countries between 1998 and 2020. Last month, President Muhammadu Buhari said close to $1 billion was stolen under Abacha. While speaking with BBC Hausa on Thursday, Al-Mustapha, who served as Abacha’s [...]

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    Al-Mustapha: Only God will reward Abacha for transforming Nigeria 

Al-Mustapha: Only God will reward Abacha for transforming Nigeria 

Hamza Al-Mustapha says only God will reward Sani Abacha, a former military ruler who died in 1998, for transforming Nigeria.  Marking the 22nd anniversary of the death of Abacha on Monday, Al-Mustapha who served as chief security officer to the late dictator said his death is a big loss to the nation, and what he did for Nigeria will “not be [...]

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    Nigeria still recovering funds looted by Abacha — 22 years after his death

Nigeria still recovering funds looted by Abacha — 22 years after his death

Prior to the fourth republic, Nigeria was ruled by 11 leaders -- eight military heads of states and three civilians. Of the eight military heads of state, three have died. But of all these, Sani Abacha, the late head of state, has featured more notoriously in the media.  Today marks exactly 22 years after Abacha, who presided over the country between [...]

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    FLASHBACK: When Yakassai, Brigadier Abba Kyari tackled Ekwueme over Abacha’s self-succession

FLASHBACK: When Yakassai, Brigadier Abba Kyari tackled Ekwueme over Abacha’s self-succession

With less than one month to the 22nd anniversary of the death of Sani Abacha, Nigeria's military from 1993 to 1998, Olusegun Adeniyi, celebrated journalist and author, has made his book, 'The Last 100 Days of Abacha', available for free download here. The book, first published in 2005, chronicles the events leading to the sudden death of the general who was [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Inside details of Bagudu’s $155m settlement deal with the FG

EXCLUSIVE: Inside details of Bagudu’s $155m settlement deal with the FG

Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state and former senator, has been in the news lately over plans by the US to help Nigeria repatriate $308 million from the British Island of Jersey. The funds are part of the billions of dollars traced to Sani Abacha, the late military dictator who ruled Nigeria from November 1993 till his sudden death in [...]

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    IN DETAIL: How FG agreed to pay APC governor $110m in Abacha Loot settlement

IN DETAIL: How FG agreed to pay APC governor $110m in Abacha Loot settlement

The federal government agreed to pay Abubakar Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state, $110 million as part of the recovery and settlement of Abacha Loot for his “peaceful enjoyment”, according to a court document obtained by TheCable. The payment was part of an agreement which the Buhari administration entered into with Bagudu in 2018 to allow the repatriation of $157.5 million frozen assets [...]

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    Report: US kicks over FG’s plan to hand $100m Abacha Loot to APC governor

Report: US kicks over FG’s plan to hand $100m Abacha Loot to APC governor

The federal government is reportedly planning to hand about $100 million out of the recovered Abacha Loot to Abubakar Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state. According to Bloomberg, the move is said to be part of a 17-year-old agreement that allows Bagudu ownership of some of the funds recovered from Abacha. TheCable could not immediately ascertain the details of the agreement said to have [...]

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    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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