Major Hamza Al-Mustapha has said that former Head of State Gen. Sani Abacha is innocent and didn’t loot the $308m set to be repatriated by the US.
The governments of Jersey, Nigeria and the United States signed an agreement recently to repatriate the funds stolen between 1993 and 1998 during which Abacha was on power.
The Federal Government is set to use the latest recovered loot from the Sani Abacha administration to fund three major infrastructure projects.
The government, on Monday, signed an agreement with the United States of America and the Island of Jersey to repatriate the sum of $318,460,329 looted by General Abacha during his military regime in the 1990s.
However, speaking to Voice of America (VOA) Hausa, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha who was Abacha’s Chief Security Officer stated that the funds were not stolen by Abacha but by his successors who launded them in his name.
“But before Abacha died, our foreign reserve rose to over $900 billion. All the money being repatriated were those stolen by some leaders who served after Abacha’s death.
“The late Abacha’s successors in the Presidential Villa were the thieves who stole the billions and hid the money elsewhere.
“I was forced to implicate the leadership of the defunct PTF under President Buhari then, during the military era.
“If there will be a genuine fight against corruption in Nigeria, many people will be arrested.”