“I sold Maryam Abacha’s jewellery to purchase cocaine for her son” – Former aide

by Akan Ido

A telephone operator in the household of the former military ruler, Late General Sani Abacha, who is standing trial for alleged theft of Maryam Abacha’s jewellery has accused their son, Abdullahi Sani Abacha, of involvement in the crime.

The accused, Abdullahi Ali, who was charged to court along with three others for the offense committed in 2007, denied the allegation of theft and house breaking in his defense yesterday.

The accused who was represented by his lawyer, Barrister Abubakar Mohammad said the younger Sani Abacha gave him the jewellery when his mother travelled to Abuja and directed him to use the proceeds to buy him cocaine.

According to reports, the accused said, “He directed me to sell it and take the money to one Tony in Sabon Gari [quarters] to collect cocaine for him.”

He explained that Abdullahi Sani Abacha had strongly reprimanded him for disobeying an earlier directive, therefore,  he was obliged to do his bidding.

He said he sold the gold jewellery for N220,000 and collected N110,000 as part-payment for the sale. He was held responsible for the robbery when Mrs. Abacha came from her trip to Abuja and discovered her trinkets missing.
According to him, the former first lady’s chief security officer, Captain Hassan, informed the buyer, Tony, of his complicity in the crime which prompted the jewelry dealer to take to his heels.
He said, “When I told the police about Tony, Captain Hassan quickly called him on the phone and asked him to run away and since then I have not heard from him again.”
The presiding judge of the Kano Chief Magistrate Court, Khadi-jah Mustapha, adjourned the case to September 19, 2012 for further hearing.
The accused persons have been in prison custody for the past five years.

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