Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer, to Nigeria’s former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha, has claimed that his incarceration for 15 years, was not because of the death of Kudirat Abiola, but because of a video recording of how Chief MKO Abiola died.
He said the video showed the last moments of the Businessman and acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election in Nigeria.
Al-Mustapha, made this disclosure on Saturday, when he fielded questions after he delivered the third South-West Annual Lecture titled: “Developing leadership abilities in youths”, put together by Asorodayo Youth Heritage Organisation, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He explained: “On October 21, 1998, I was arrested because of a video cassette, not because of the late Kudirat Abiola. The family of the late Abiola was, as it is, a very close family to me. But something happened, which a particular camera in the villa captured.
“So, they wanted to take the videotape and burn it so that Nigerians would not know what happened. That was the beginning of my travails.”
Al-Mustapha, who many Nigerians perceived as the executor of Abacha’s ‘brutal’ orders, said that for the 15 years he was imprisoned, he did not have the chance to defend himself in the media.