Former chief security officer (CSO) to the late head of state, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, yesterday defended his late boss, General Sani Abacha, insisting that the late head of state did not loot the nation’s treasury as being reported.
While speaking with reporters in Lagos on his ordeal in detention and protracted trial, alleged moves to continually tarnish Abacha’s image because he stepped on toes.
He promised to release his memoir, which he said, will give details on his involvement in the Abacha government, its economic activities, how the military leader died and his travails outside power. He disputed the claim of an Abacha loot, urging the authorities to disclose the date of lodgment, the people behind the money and the amount.
While denying the allegation of assisting Abacha to ferry money abroad, he said: “The proper facts about the Abacha loot are not known. Where was the money from? What was it meant for? How was it taken out? Who kept the money there?
Abacha was not leaving Nigeria at a later time. His journeys were within Africa because the toes he had stepped upon were bent on removing him. In November 1998, I told the government to prosecute me, if I have any bank account other than my salary account with the Bank of the North.”
He also described President Muhammadu Buhari as an honest and dedicated person who deeply loved the country.