I was a victim of media propaganda for 15 years, says Hamza Al-Mustapha

The former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late military dictator General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd) said he was a victim of media propaganda for 15 years, and denied ever stealing from Nigeria’s coffers

Penpushing reports that, Al-Mustapha made this known in an interview, adding that there were 18 attempts to kill him while in incarceration over his alleged brutal roles during the reign of his late principal, a regime believed to be responsible for the death of Chief Moshood Abiola

The retired major, stated that people were sponsoring legal wars against him because of what he knows and his refusal to compromise, adding that he  was in solitary detention for five years, and two months, while his parents were only allowed to see him only twice in 15 years.

“I don’t have money, I have never stolen N10. I challenged two governments; I challenged Abdulsalam Abubakar’s government, and I challenged (Olusegun) Obasanjo’s government. They searched.I was ransacked by bigger international investigative agencies (and the) police.’

‘My eyes and thumbprint were taken all around the whole world and they saw nothing. But rather than tell the whole world my clean record, they kept it aside. I suffered from propaganda for 15 years with torture trying to just give me a bad name, just for me not to survive. In 2019, that was when we discovered that there were 18 attempts to kill me. As of 2013 when I came out, I was aware of 11 attempts’.

“In 15 years, a serving military officer being treated like an animal every day, in chains, hands, legs and neck. I was in solitary detention for five years, and two months. My parents were only allowed to see me only twice in 15 years.”

The Presidential Candidate of Action Alliance (AA), on his ambition to rule the country said it was because of his loyalty to Nigeria, adding that one of his plans to tackle terrorism is to relocate to Sambisa forest if elected

Penpushing further reports that, the former Chief Security Officer notorious for his controversial role in the demise of Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, declared that his enemies, whom he did not revealed their identities, were responsible for his 15 years of travails because they were hellbent on looting the country’s resources.

The retired military officer, it is recalled, was said to be in charge of Abiola unpleasant prison condition, before the death of the politician and he was also alleged to be involved in drug trafficking, and money laundering, among other heinous crimes.

Penpushing also reports that, Al-Mustapha’s principal, Abacha, who died in office on 8 June 1998, looted the nation’s treasury and some of the funds are still being repatriated from the countries they were lodged, while in a recent report based on data gathered from the Nigerian Government, World Bank, and Transparency International, put the total amount recovered from  Abacha in the past 24 years at $3.65 billion.

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