Al-Mustapha: I never beat up Obasanjo

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Ma­jor Hamza Al-Mustapha, for­mer Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer to the late head of state Gen­eral Sani Abacha, yes­ter­day de­nied beat­ing up for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo dur­ing Obasanjo’s in­car­cer­a­tion in prison.

Al-Mustapha said he rather helped Obasanjo with his per­sonal up­keep at the var­i­ous pris­ons, due to his po­si­tion as a for­mer mil­i­tary head of state and an el­der states­man.

He said this while speak­ing on the BBC Hausa Ser­vice ra­dio yes­ter­day.

Al-Mustapha also de­nied ever beat­ing any­body or stand­ing on the way of some­body’s free­dom in his life.

“I have never beaten Obasanjo and I never beat up any­body. Obasanjo lied on me and God will be the judge be­tween me and him,” he said.

“When Obasanjo was ar­rested on charges of coup at­tempt, I was the one who gave N10, 000 for the pur­chase of bed sheet, pil­low sheet and brush.

“Also, when he was moved to Jos prison, I and gover­nor Manah used to buy him food items from NASCO Com­pany. All these as­sis­tances I ren­dered were due to his po­si­tion as a for­mer head of state and an el­der per­son,” he said.

Al-Mustapha added: “I had no in­ten­tion what­so­ever for some­one to pay me back what I did to him.”

Asked that the for­mer pres­i­dent had at a num­ber of times claimed to have been abused in prison by him, Al-Mustapha replied that it was all a lie.

“You can see dur­ing Oputa panel, he re­fused to show up.

Up till to­day, he has never agreed to meet me per­son­ally,” he said.

When asked on whether he would sup­port Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions, the for­mer CSO shied away from a point-blank an­swer.

“I can­not say any­thing un­til when I am done with the court’s ap­peal case and with the mil­i­tary. Un­til such a time when I would an­nounce to the whole world about my de­ci­sion, af­ter I am done with all these cases,” he said.

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