REVISITING "OWNERS OF NIGERIA" - By Seyi Oduyela A MUST READ BY ALL NIGERIANS (PART 6:IV)

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REVISITING "OWNERS OF NIGERIA" - By Seyi Oduyela A MUST READ BY ALL NIGERIANS (PART 6:IV) THE BAMAIYI'S COUPS Ishaya Rizi Bamaiyi a course 4 officer of the NDA was made the Chief of Army Staff over his seniors like Abdul Karim Adisa, and others. So to retain them in service, they were posted out of the Army as Ministers. Bamaiyi, before his appointment never respected nor recognized Awal Kazir, his predecessor. Bamaiyi is a man with tall ambition. Abacha did not favour him but Diya did. Why? It is Diya alone that can answer that. So it is the same monster created by Diya that consumed him. Ishaya Bamaiyi is a man with many features and it is the one he wants you to know that you know. No sooner had he assumed office than Mustapha discovered that he had an ambition to succeed Abacha. Bamaiyi as the Chief of Army Staff wrecked more havoc on the Nigerian Army than any Chief of Army Staff before and after him. He stole so much money that one of his boys, a sergeant, went away with 750,000 Naira meant for one of his prostitutes. Bamaiyi ruined one lady's wedding. The lady in question is Yoruba; a day before her wedding Bamaiyi sent for her and raped her, her would-be groom had to flee from her to save his dear life. The lady visited him in detention at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison. Two officers were to be killed but were miraculously saved. They are Ibo Officers and still in service. At the time when focus was on him, with his plot to unseat Abacha, Bamaiyi saw a good shield in Gen Diya. He approached Diya with the demands of Officers and political detainees, most importantly MKO Abiola. Knowing too that Diya had spoken against Abacha's self succession bid, Diya became his alibi. He sold the idea to Diya; gullibly Oga Diya bought it hook line and sinker. Towards the end of the year 1997, Abacha sacked some of his Ministers, with the aim of reconstituting another one. Adisa lost his Works and Housing Minister Portfolio, Olanrewaju did too. But Abacha's plan was to remove Bamaiyi as the Chief of Army Staff and make Adisa his new Chief of Army Staff. Bamaiyi got wind of this from his boys planted within the Abacha set up, so he went to Diya and advised him to discuss the 'coup' with Adisa. In the military, if you hear of a coup plot and you fail to report it, you are as guilty as the plotters. Diya called Adisa told him, but when Adisa knew of those behind it, he warned Diya, but Oga Diya interpreted that as cowardice and accused Adisa of boot-licking in order to become the Chief of Army Staff. Bamaiyi went back to Abacha with a recorded tape from Diya. It was then that Abacha knew Adisa had been informed. He waited for Adisa to come and report but Adisa never did. He reported Adisa to Arisekola Alao who called Adisa. Adisa eventually went to Abacha but did not tell him anything. On his way out, Abacha called him, "Karim are you sure you have not forgotten any thing to tell me?" Adisa's response was negative. The focus now shifted from Bamaiyi to Diya, but Bamaiyi's plan was still intact. The Diya's coup was a decoy by Bamaiyi, a diversion. To Mustapha, Sabo and other members of Abacha's camp, Diya did not plan any coup, it was Bamaiyi's idea. If not for Brigadier-General Ibrahim Sabo, Bamaiyi would have taken over power on December 20, 1997. His plan was for Diya to be taken away killed in action while he descended on Abacha. Mustapha was to be killed first. According to their plan, if Mustapha is out of the way, then Abacha becomes vulnerable. Sabo spoilt the show. The Abacha camp saw the wisdom in roping the coup on Diya after he escaped the bomb attack along the airport in Abuja. Arisekola Alao and Bamaiyi were to lead Abacha's entourage to Diya's house on condolence visit. They were at the airport that day but it didn't happen. Diya's girl friend Ayo had warned him. She got the information through a former military governor of Akwa Ibom State, who was later arrested and tried with Diya. It was the night of the bomb explosion that Diya knew and accepted that Abacha wanted him dead. Unfortunately for Diya, he had his official quarters wired and it was discovered that he was to leave for Lagos after that Sunday enroute Republic of Benin and they came after him that night. Did Diya actually cry? Did he truly defecate as claimed by Sabo? It appeared funny that as intelligent as Mustapha is to forget that Diya defecated at the Villa. And it took Sabo to remember that. How strong would it have been that it will require Julius Berger to fumigate the Villa? The argument of defecation came after a question was raised on the different appearances of Diya on the video shown. Diya appeared in two different dresses, his voice not audible in the video tape too, while that of Adisa was clear. After the Special Investigation, Frank Omenka disclosed to Diya that "Oga you are alone here, Bamaiyi and others have been released." It was at Omenka's instance that Bamaiyi was summoned and questioned by Lt. Gen Victor Malu. With evidence, Bamaiyi would have been convicted but for Abacha who had another plan for Bamaiyi. Omenka became Bamaiyi's enemy and after Abacha's death, Omenka was retired. There is another group with a different agenda, and it was to get rid of Abacha. So it was a good thing that Diya was incarcerated, because if Abacha dies, Diya would have succeeded him, but their own candidate was in prison. So all the parties worked to remove Diya. The death of Abacha was not planned or hatched in a day, it was on for long and their tactics was scientific. They used information bought from one of Abacha's marabouts scouters, an old man from Ibadan. When Abacha came in, his marabouts had warned that one of his girlfriends would be a vehicle for his death and an Ibo girl, incidentally, Abacha's favorite was mentioned. Abacha did not want to lose her, so he sent her abroad. She lived all that while abroad. But at a point when this Ibadan man lost favor with Abacha and was broke, he sold out the information to the group that eventually master-minded Abacha's death. Useni was Abacha's best pal and partner in crime. He was used indirectly without him knowing. They worked on the girl to insist that she wanted to come back home and they worked on Useni to prevailed on Abacha to allow the girl home. Their plot was to rope Abacha's death round Useni's neck, thereby disqualifying him from succeeding Abacha, since after Diya, Useni was the most senior officer, followed by Abdusalami Abubakar, who had remained invisible and silent in Abacha's government. The lady came and some Indian ladies too were organized as diversion. The Ibo girl eventually came home and was lodged in NICON Hilton hotel, Abuja same place where one of MKO Abiola's wives was lodged. With the help of the Ibadan man, they placed MAGUN on the lady. MAGUN is a strong Yoruba medicine to track promiscuous women. Whoever sleeps with a woman with MAGUN will not survive it. This is more potent than any intelligent report, stronger than Sergeant Rogers and all body guards at the House No. 7 where Abacha died. MAGUN has no leg; it is invisible but very potent. General Sani Abacha was in high spirit seeing his girlfriend after many years of separation, bid his friend Jerry boy good night and went in with his Ibo girlfriend. After meeting the girl, he fell and somersaulted three times. He died under the watchful eyes of the body guards, but neither Mustapha nor the doctor could save him. He died even before sleeping with his expatriate prostitutes. To Al-Mustapha, Useni orchestrated Abacha death because he wanted to take over, that was the impression they gave him and he fell for it. With Diya in detention, Useni branded as Abacha killer, the road was clear for Abdusalami Abubakar, apparently the heir. Abacha was number one, Diya number two, Useni 3 and Abdusalami 4; this is according to military seniority. This was where Mustapha was demystified, with all his 5 years of security network and spurious intelligence gathering, it came to the fore that most people who surrounded the dark-goggled General were feeding on him. Mustapha failed his boss at the last minute, he fell and the Abacha Empire collapsed like a pack of cards. Mustapha thought Babangida was on their side, until he was posted out of the Villa to 82nd Division in Enugu under Major-General Oladayo Popoola. It was a set up he failed the litmus test and was arrested and detained. That was the beginning of his journey into partial incarceration. Omenka? He miraculously got out of the country. Sabo was spared. Why? When Obasanjo was taken to inter-center at Ikoyi cemetery over the 1995 coup. He was thrown into a room on a bare floor, no carpet, no bed. Sabo, as the Director of Military Intelligence was on a tour of the detention centers and he saw the Ota farmer in the sorry condition. He believed the General deserved better treatment, he knew there was no coup, so he ordered that Obasanjo's room be equipped with beddings, refrigerator and carpet . At least it made the Ota farmer to live like a Very Important Detainee until his transfer to Yola prison. Sabo is now a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. The news spreading then was that one of Jerry Useni's boys, a lawyer and a Lt. Colonel was the one who went to India to bring the expatriate prostitutes, and that that was why he was retired after the findings of a panel set up by Abdusalami Abubakar government. The truth is that the man in question; Lt. Col Nandap was not retired because of any finding. There was no investigation. He was retired with some other officers, two Brigadier-Generals because their panel set Colonel Kemi Peters free. Col Kemi Peters was mentioned in the December 1997 coup but escaped from his house in Lagos. He stayed abroad until after Abacha's death. On his return, General Ishaya Bamaiyi ordered his arrest and set up a court martial to try for AWOL-Away Without Official Leave. But throughout the period of Col Peters' disappearance, the Army under Bamaiyi never issued such warrant on him; in fact the Army was paying his salary. The charge of AWOL could not be proven by the Army, so the Martial court set him free. Bamaiyi was mad and he ordered that all members of the court be retired compulsorily. Nandap was unlucky as he was just on the waiting list but stood in for a member who was not around and he got his service abruptly interrupted. One of the Brigadier-Generals was one of the best Medical doctors in the Army, but he was retired by Bamaiyi. Alhaji Abubakar Atiku: His rise and seeming fall, next on Owners of Nigeria. Continued.............. — with Abayomi Temitayo Luqman and 66 others.

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