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Abacha survived eight coup attempts –Al-Mustapha

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha on Thursday disclosed that there were eight attempts to topple the late Gen. Sani Abacha, before he died.

Abacha died on June 8, 1998 at the age of 54 years .

While speaking in an interview on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, 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.

The former Chief security Officer said Nigerians should not vilify the late Abacha but queried those who allegedly stole billions of naira after his demise.

He said, “I am surprised by the way Abacha is being blackmailed. I am surprised because when he assumed leadership, Nigeria had less than $2bn in the foreign reserve.

But within four years and eight months, he raised it to over $9bn. After his death, all the billions vanished in nine 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.”

He also said the billions stashed in foreign banks during the Abacha regime was not a unilateral decision.

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