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
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,
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
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