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Shocking details of how Abacha died in 1998

thewatchngr.com

August 2018
Shocking details of how Abacha died in 1998

Former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the late Head of State,
Gen Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has revealed shocking
claims that Abacha died after eating an apple from his
concubines.

Narrating how the former Head of State died, Al-Mustapha said
contrary to insinuations, the sudden collapse of the health
system of Abacha started on “Sunday, 7th June, 1998 right
from the Abuja International Airport, immediately after one of
the white security operatives or personnel who accompanied
President Yasser Arafat of Palestine shook hands with him,
Abacha.”

Al-Mustapha said shortly after the hand shake, he “noticed the
change in the countenance of the late Commander-in-Chief and
I informed the Aide-de-Camp, Lt. Col. Abdallah, accordingly.

He, however, advised that we keep a close watch on the Head
of State.”

He said, “Later in the evening of 8th June, 1998, around 6p.m;
his doctor came around, administered an injection to stabilize
him. He was advised to have a short rest.

Happily, enough, by 9p.m; the Head of State was bouncing and receiving visitors until much later when General Jeremiah Timbut Useni, the then
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, came calling. He was fond of the Head of State. They were very good friends.

“They stayed and chatted together till about 3.35a.m. A friend
of the house was with me in my office and as he was bidding
me farewell, he came back to inform me that the FCT Minister,
General Useni was out of the Head of State’s Guest House
within the Villa. I then decided to inform the ADC and other
security boys that I would be on my way home to prepare for
the early morning event at the International Conference Centre.

“At about 5a.m; the security guards ran to my quarters to
inform me that the Head of State was very unstable. At first, I
thought it was a coup attempt. Immediately, I prepared myself
fully for any eventuality. As an intelligence officer and the Chief
Security Officer to the Head of State for that matter, I devised
a means of diverting the attention of the security boys from my
escape route by asking my wife to continue chatting with them
at the door – she was in the house while the boys were
outside. From there, I got to the Guest House of the Head of
State before them.

“When I got to the bedside of the Head of State, he was
already gasping. Ordinarily, I could not just touch him. It was
not allowed in our job. But under the situation on ground, I
knelt close to him and shouted, ‘General Sani Abacha, Sir,
please grant me permission to touch and carry you.’

“I again knocked at the stool beside the bed and shouted in
the same manner, yet he did not respond. I then realized there
was a serious danger. I immediately called the Head of State’s
personal physician, Dr. Wali, who arrived the place under eight
minutes from his house. He immediately gave Oga – General
Abacha –two doses of injection, one at the heart and another
close to his neck.

“This did not work apparently as the Head of State had turned
very cold. He then told me that the Head of State was dead
and nothing could be done after all. I there and then asked the
personal physician to remain with the dead body while I
dashed home to be fully prepared for the problems that might
arise from the incident.

“As soon as I informed my wife, she collapsed and burst into
tears. I secured my house and then ran back. At that point, the
Aide-de-Camp had been contacted by me and we decided that
great caution must be taken in handling the grave situation.

“Again, I must reiterate that the issue of my boss dying on top
of women was a great lie just as the insinuation that General
Sani Abacha ate and died of poisoned apples was equally a
wicked lie.”

Major Mustapha remains a fearless soldier and has no reason to lie. This account of his is the real account.

Promote our achievements, FG appeals to churches

Agency Report / 13 hours ago

The Federal Government has appealed to Churches and other religious organisations to use their platforms to propagate the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the appeal at his country home, Oro, near Ilorin, Kwara, when he paid a Sallah visit to the Parish Priest of St Andrews Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Joseph Awoyale.

He also urged the Churches to use their platform to correct the erroneous conception being circulated by naysayers that Farmers/Herdsmen clashes were induced by religion and ethnicity.

Mohammed said the clashes were neither religious nor ethnic but resulted from the heightened contest for increasingly-scarce natural resources like land and water, due to demographic, environmental and other reasons.

On the progress made by the government, the minister said, “without any form of contradiction, no administration in the history of this country has achieved so much in so little a time and with so little resources in the area of infrastructure.

“However, most of our detractors realising that they cannot fault us on this never talk about the projects rather they are inventing fake news to de-market the administration.

“Also, governors that have not performed will like to heap the blame on the Federal Government.

“But I challenge any of them to match what they have done in the area of infrastructure compared to the Federal Government intervention projects in the states.

“Rest assured that this administration is committed to the infrastructural renewal of this country and we are leaving no stone unturned,” he said.

The minister said that the was working to undo the 20 years of damage by the previous governments.

“If a government comes in three years and able to revive, complete and make provision for abandoned infrastructure, it is only fair for the people to appreciate it. The Church as a being, has the mandate to highlight what it sees and that is exactly what happens

Irate youths set Imo Magistrates’ court on fire

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

There is pandemonium at the Magistrates’ Court in Olru, Imo State, as youths numbering above 15 set the court building on fire.

Our correspondent gathered that the fire destroyed all the documents in the court before it could be quenched.

The Magistrates’ Court is on the premises of Orlu High court.

The Police spokesperson in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident to a correspondent in a telephone conversation, said that it was a case of suspected arson.

Enwerem said that the Commissioner of Police, Daduki Galadanchi, had mandated the Area Commander in charge of Orlu zone to commence full investigations into the matter

Miyetti Allah now ruling Nigeria for asking Saraki to resign – Benue govt

nigerianeye.com

Aug 23, 2018

The Benue State government has reacted to a recent statement credited to Garus Gololo of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association demanding the resignation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The state government wondered why a mere breeders’ association could call for the resignation of the number three man of the nation when it was not a political party.

Tever Akase, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said it was strange that many hours after such inciting comments, the man who spoke on behalf of the group had not been invited by security operatives for questioning.

Akase described the association’s claim to evict Saraki if he fails to resign an as insult to democracy.

He said, “It is becoming clear by the day that Miyetti Allah groups have not only assumed the position of the ruling party but are also influential to decisions of governance in this country.

“What constitutional right does the group have to spew invectives on the person and office of the Senate President without being arrested? Are security agencies sending a signal to Nigerians that Miyetti Allah groups are above the law and therefore untouchable?

“This is not the first time that Miyetti Allah associations have made inflammatory statements. The other time, the groups held press conferences and threatened to unleash terror on Benuepeople. They made real their threats and came out to claim responsibility for the killing of over 500 innocent Benuepeople between January and this month. They followed their gory act with threats of more bloodshed in Benue till the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law is suspended.

“The Benue State Government wrote several petitions alerting the country’s security chiefs. Yet, nothing was done and to this day, no Miyetti Allah leader has been invited by security agencies for interrogation.

“The boldness and authoritative tone with which leaders of Miyetti Allah associations speak on affairs of the nation leave us wondering if the speculation is true, that they plan to turn Nigeria to a Cow Republic.

“Miyetti Allah and the All Progressives Congress, APC now sound like one association with similar objectives. Nigerians should compare the tone of APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole when he threatened that the party would force Senator Saraki out of office if he failed to resign and the latest threat by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to forcefully evict Senator Saraki from office. The words are similar, the motive the same and the agenda also one.

“What is the source of Miyetti Allah groups’ authority to make statements injurious to the very soul of this country that no one seems to be calling them to order?

“Who is behind the Miyetti Allah groups, and what is the person’s mission?

“We urge Nigerians to reject this attempt to turn the country into a republic where the life of a cow has greater value than that of a human being. This level of impunity is not healthy for the nation. For democracy to be successful, it must be anchored on the rule of law.

“On Miyetti Allah’s attacks against Governor Ortom in the same media report, we are no longer surprised as the groups have never hidden their obsession with the Governor’s name. No day passes without the said groups coming out with one publication or the other against the Governor.

“The sad news for them is that Governor Ortom won’t bow to intimidation and harassment from them or any other person. The Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which they hate so much has come to stay and anyone who intends to breed livestock in Benue should be prepared to ranch the animals.”

Issuing the threat of continued killing without being restrained, how much less trying to remove the senate president! Removing him is not a bigger offence than killing innocent citizens.

Miyetti Allah; Cattle Rearers, terrorist group or political tugs?

Miyetti Allah under fire for seeking Saraki’s removal

guardian.ng

Aug 23, 2018
Bukola Saraki PHOTO: REUTERS/Paul Carsten

• PDP issues 24-hour ultimatum to Buhari for group’s leaders’ arrest
• Ortom, HURIWA, others denounce inflammatory statement
• MACBAN distances self from ‘partisan’ Benue member
• Lawmakers vow to resist Senate president’s ejection

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) drew the ire of some Nigerians and groups yesterday after one of the leaders of the herders’ organisation became embroiled in the ongoing political drama involving Senate President Bukola Saraki.

One Alhaji Garus Galolo, said to be Miyetti Allah’s Benue State coordinator, had in an interview with a national daily added his voice to the repeated call by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Saraki’s resignation, following his defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Galolo said: “Saraki ought not to be in office again as Senate President. More so, Saraki has failed to coordinate and organise the National Assembly to offer quality legislation that Nigerians need.

“Nigerians are in dire need of people that have the interest of the masses. Miyetti Allah is looking for a leader that would preside over the affairs of the Senate with ultimate respect for the executive and the judiciary, not someone like Senator Saraki that would always scheme to outdo the Presidency.

“We are tired of Saraki’s style of leadership at the National Assembly. Therefore, we are now warning him to honourably resign his position as president of the Senate or we will force him out.”

Galolo’s position, however, drew intense backlash, forcing the group’s national body to distance itself from the statement, in what might have been an attempt to amend MACBAN’s embattled public image.

But this was not before the PDP condemned the speech and issued an ultimatum. “In the light of these treasonable and inciting utterances by Miyetti Allah, we demand that President Muhammadu Buhari, should within the next 24 hours, order the arrest and commence the immediate trial of the leadership of this group, otherwise Nigerians will henceforth hold him directly responsible for the utterances and actions of Miyetti Allah,” it said in a statement by Spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan.

According to the party, “This unguarded statement by Miyetti Allah has exposed the synergy between the ruling party and some troublesome elements, who are being used to stoke division and create the violent crises that have resulted in daily bloodlettings in various parts of the country.

“It is now abundantly clear to Nigerians that those fomenting crises, including the bloody clashes in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Edo, Borno, Yobe, Enugu, Kogi, Adamawa and other states in our country, have political backers, who now want to channel them to achieve their unpatriotic quest to subvert our constitution and forcefully take over the National Assembly.”

The PDP claimed Miyetti Allah “has always represented the military wing of the APC and the Buhari presidency,” noting: “It is incontrovertible that they have now become the fourth arm of government that can determine when and how to forcefully remove the number three citizen, the president of the Senate.

“It is common knowledge that Mr. President has come under heavy public criticisms on how his body language has condoned the unguarded utterances and actions of these characters.”

Also denouncing the statement, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, said it was “becoming clear by the day that the Miyetti Allah has not only assumed the position of the ruling party but is also influential to decisions of governance in this country.”

He said this was not the first time Miyetti Allah groups have made inflammatory statements. “The other time, the groups held press conferences and threatened to unleash terror on Benue people. They made real their threats and came out to claim responsibility for the killing of over 500 innocent Benue people between January and this month.”

Ortom added: “Miyetti Allah and the APC now sound like one association with similar objectives. Nigerians should compare the tone of APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole when he threatened that the party would force Saraki out of office if he failed to resign and the latest threat by MACBAN to forcefully evict the senator from office. The words are similar, the motive the same and the agenda also one.”

On its part, pro-democracy group, Movement for Democratic Change (MDG), asked Buhari to call MACBAN to order. It said the group simply “echoed the mindset and plans of its paymasters and those giving it state support.”

A non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), also condemned the statement and urged the heads of the nation’s security agencies to rein in the group.

Meanwhile, issuing the disclaimer, MACBAN’s national secretary, Baba Uthman Ngelzarma, was quoted as saying: “The attention of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has been drawn to an interview granted by one Garus Gololo in Makurdi (in a newspaper) titled, ‘Resign or we will force you out’ – Miyetti Allah to Saraki. This statement is unfortunate. I will categorically state that Garos Gololo spoke in his personal capacity and has no mandate to speak on behalf of the association.

“Miyetti Allah is a non-partisan association with no interest in the political terrain and we can’t meddle in the affairs of political actors thereby compounding our already obvious challenges.

“I therefore urge all and sundry to disregard this statement. This statement is not from MACBAN and should be disregarded in its entirety. We take exception to this statement. Garos Gololo is entirely on his own and will be sanctioned accordingly. We cannot afford to add to the many challenges we are confronted with.

“I’m therefore appealing to the general public to disregard this statement as it is coming from someone who doesn’t have the mandate of the association to speak on its behalf.”

In a related development, PDP senators yesterday vowed they would resist efforts by their APC counterparts to remove Saraki whenever the chamber reconvenes.

They affirmed this in a statement jointly signed by Senators Rafiu Ibrahim and Isah Misau on behalf of the party’s lawmakers.

Guardiola praises Aguero

Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (L) goes around Chelsea’s Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero but puts his shot wide during the English FA Community Shield football match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on Sunday. Ian Kington/AFP

Pep Guardiola lavished praise on Sergio Aguero after he scored a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield on Sunday, Skysports reports.

The Argentina international hit two in the first half at the Etihad before cleverly volleying a Benjamin Mendy cross past Ben Hamer to seal the 13th treble of his City career with his final touch before being substituted in the 75th minute.

And manager Guardiola insists Aguero has never been in better form following his last-16 exit with Argentina at the World Cup in Russia.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve never seen him like this,” he told Sky Sports. “The spirit since he came back from the holidays after the World Cup… he is in incredible condition.

“With the ball and without the ball, he is sharp and intelligent and, of course, his talent to score goals is always there.

“The pass was so good, but the finishing is outstanding.

“I thought to take him off before the hat-trick, but it was perfect. He scored a goal, he got a standing ovation and he can take energy into the next games.”

Gabriel Jesus also scored during the first half as Guardiola opted to play both of his strikers in a bid to break down Huddersfield’s deep-lying defence.

And the City boss felt the tactics worked, also praising the influence of Mendy coming forward on the left wing.

He added, “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but we decided today to play with two strikers in Sergio and Gabriel and they connected really well.

“In general, all of the players made a good performance. Last season, we could not attack in that way because we did not have Mendy and he has energy to go up and down and he is so clever in the final third with crosses and passes.

“We could not attack in that way last season, but this season we have him and when he is able to play we can attack in that way.”

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Liverpool to Be Banned from Champions League

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Liverpool should be kicked out of the Champions League according to the president of one Serie A side.

Liverpool will take part in the Champions League this season aiming to bounce back after last season’s final heartache.

The Reds lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev back in May, with Gareth Bale scoring two stunning goals to give the La Liga giants the prize. The Reds suffered heartbreak in the final last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev after a pair of howlers from Loris Karius.

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But Napoli president De Laurentiis has made an extraordinary claim, accusing Liverpool and Serie A giants Roma of breaking UEFA rules by having the same owner.

UEFA guidelines do not permit two teams owned by the same people or company to take part in European competition.

Now, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has released a typically strong statement, accusing Liverpool and Roma of being owned by the same person.

UEFA guidelines do not allow two teams owned by the same person/people or company to take part in European competitions.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, De Laurentiis said: “I have the feeling that Roma and Liverpool have the same owner.

“I was told by somebody a few years ago and if it was true they would not be allowed to play the Champions League.”

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However, Liverpool and Roma supporters have nothing to be worried about.The Premier League giants are owned by The Fenway Sports Group, who took over back in 2010.

There is understood to be no actual concern however, as American businessman James Pallotta owns Roma as well as shares in the NBA’s Boston Celtics, while Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group own the MLB’s Boston Red Sox.

But if the allegations are true, then that could be the reason why Roma sold Alisson to Liverpool rather than Real Madrid and Chelsea who were also interested.