A chief security officer to a former Nigeria’s military head of state, late Sani Abacha, has said that his principal is innocent of allegations of looting funds from the nation’s coffers.
Speaking on Voice of America, Hausa Service in Kaduna on Thursday, February 6, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha said reports that monies in multi-million were stashed in foreign banks by Abacha are all lies.
Al-Mustapha said the funds said to have been allegedly looted by his boss and returned by some countries were stolen by Abacha’s successors.
He said, as at the time Abacha assumed leadership there was about $200 billion in the country’s foreign reserve.Al-Mustapha said as, at Abacha’s death, Nigeria’s foreign reserve rose to $900 billion.
Describing the late dictator as someone who stepped many toes during his regime, Al-Mustapha said some detractors who are still angry with Abacha are sponsoring the lies of looted funds.He said all the money being repatriated were looted by leaders who served after the death of Abacha.
Al-Mustapha said the funds being repatriated by foreign banks were looted by Sani Abacha’s successors
Al-Mustapha said: “I was forced to implicate the leadership of the defunct PTF under President Buhari then, during the military era.”
“If there will be a genuine fight against corruption in Nigeria, many people will be arrested,” Al-Mustapha added.