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Al-Mustapha: Abacha Did Not Die From Eating Apple

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to the late military Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha has revealed how the late head of state died.

Al-Mustapha revealed that Gen Abacha did not die after eating an apple from one of his concubines as it was widely believed.

Reacting to how his late boss died, Al- Mustapha said Abacha died from a brief illness.

According to ThisDay, Al-Mustapha explained that the health condition of his late boss deteriorated suddenly on June 7, 1998, after one of the security men who escorted President Yasser Arafat of Palestine shook hands with him in Abuja International Airport.

Al-Mustapha continued, “Shortly after the handshake, I saw the change on the face of the late Commander-in-Chief, and I immediately notified the Aide-de-Camp, Lt. Col. Abdallah, who suggested that we keep a close watch on him.

In the evening of June 8, 1998, around 6 p.m, his physician came and gave him an injection to stabilise his health condition. My late boss was advised to have a short rest.

“Around 5 am, the security guards came to my quarters to tell me that Abacha was very unstable.”

According to Al-Mustapha, he revealed that he thought the security guards who came to his house to inform him of Abacha's health was an attempted coup plot, so he said he had to divert their attention on his way to Abacha’s residence.

He continued, “When I got to the bedside of the Head of State, he was already gasping for air. I couldn't just touch him. It was not permitted in our job. But under the circumstance, I had to kneel close to him and shouted, General Sani Abacha, Sir, please give me the authority to touch and carry you.

“I also knocked at the stool beside his bed and shouted in the same manner, yet he still did not respond. That was when I realised that there was a problem. I immediately called his doctor, Dr Wali, who came in about eight minutes later. He immediately gave my late boss two doses of injection, one at the heart and the second one is around his neck. All this did not work as the Head of State had turned very cold, that was how we lost our Head of State.

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