Abacha, who is standing trial before a Kano Chief Magistrate’s Court
over alleged theft of jewelries belonging to former First Lady Hajiya
Maryam Abacha, has told the court that son of the late miliary head of
state sent him to sell the gold and buy cocaine with the proceeds.
Ali, who was charged to court along three others for the offence
committed in 2007, denied the allegation of theft and house breaking in
his defence yesterday. While being led by his counsel, Barrister
Abubakar Muhammad, the accused said Abdullahi Sani Abacha gave him the
jewelries about five years ago, when his mother was away in Abuja. …..continue
directed me to sell it and take the money to one Tony in Sabon Gari
[quarters] to collect cocaine for him,” he said. He also said Abdullahi
almost killed him when he refused to comply with a similar directive,
The accused person, who has been in prison custody
for five years, said he was given N110,000 as part payment for the gold
which he sold N220, 000. “I took the money to Tony and collected the
cocaine,” he added.
Ali, however, said when Maryam Abacha
returned from the journey and discovered that she had been robbed, other
house servants who were not in good terms with him roped him in. He
said the chief security officer to the former First Lady, Captain
Hassan, along with Mohammed Ali, Musa Ya’u and Murtala Ali, told Maryam
that they were suspecting him.
“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,” he said.
Chief Magistrate Khadi-jah Mustapha adjourned the case to September 19, 2012.