Three officers, businessman face charges

LAGOS, Nigeria, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Three Nigerian military officers and a businessman are accused of plotting to kill President Olusegun Obasanjo by shooting down his helicopter. Of the three officers, the most well-known is Maj. Hamza al-Mustapha, the former security chief under late Nige

Halliburton discovers bribery plans

HOUSTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Texas-based oil services company Halliburton has discovered staff of a consortium it acquired discussed bribing Nigerian government officials.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, June 9, the 161st day of 2004 with 205 to follow.
By United Press International

Swiss begin return of Nigeria's funds

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Officials in Switzerland have approved the return of some $88 million linked to Nigeria's late military leader, General Sani Abacha.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2003 with 44 to follow.
By United Press International

Nigeria seeks oil cooperation in clean up

BERLIN, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday asked oil corporations to cooperate in his efforts to clean up widespread corruption in the African country.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, June 9, the 160th day of 2003 with 205 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Moseley Braun may fold tent

CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun had local political analysts scratching their heads when she announced plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomina

Analysis: Switzerland's cheesy economy

SKOPJE, Macedonia, April 30 (UPI) -- Last month, Switzerland's annual rate of inflation dipped to 1.3 percent. Once a cause for celebration, it is now construed to be a worrisome sign of lurking deflation. Growth has been below trend for years now. Demand is ever weakening and capacity is i
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Moseley-Braun bid tenuous

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Political analysts are watching former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun impact on the Democratic presidential race as she joins seven other presidential contenders as the second black candidate and the only woman in the field.
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

Moseley-Braun running for president

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The first black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate Tuesday announced her intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination telling supporters "our country deserves leadership with vision."

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2002 with 44 to follow.
By United Press International

The almanac

Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2002 with 205 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2001 with 44 to follow.
By United Press International

Money-laundering in a changing world - 2

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- UPI's analysis of money laundering contains two parts. In this Part 2, I examine the changes that the events of September 11 have made to the world of money laundering, and what lies ahead.
SAM VAKNIN, Special to UPI
Page 2 of 2

General Sani Abacha (20 September 1943 in Kano – 8 June 1998 in Abuja) was a Nigerian military leader and politician. A Kanuri from Borno by tribe, he was born and brought up in Kano, Nigeria. He was the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. He is noted for being a monumental kleptocrat and a notorious dictator whose regime executed political opponents, notably Ken Saro-Wiwa. The Abacha family is considered a criminal organization by the Swiss authorities.

Abacha was commissioned in 1963, after he had attended the Mons Defence Officers cadet Training College in Aldershot, England. Before then, he had attended the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna. He took part in the countercoup of July 1966, from the conceptual stage, and may have been a participant in the Lagos or Abeokuta phases of the January 1966 coup. He was also a prominent figure in three coup d'etats of later decades, the first two of which brought and removed General Muhammadu Buhari from power in 1983. When General Ibrahim Babangida was named President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1985, Abacha was named Chief of Army Staff. He was later appointed Minister of Defence in 1990.

Abacha took over power from the caretaker government of Chief Ernest Shonekan, who was put into place by General Ibrahim Babangida after his annulment of the 12 June 1993 elections (won by Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola), this caused a massive popular uproar, which in turn caused untold hardship for millions of Nigerians.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sani Abacha."
Most Popular
SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas
Stolen Obama statue discovered with six-pack of Twisted Tea in Pa. park
Video shows aquarium beluga either playing with children or begging for help
Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara depart 'MythBusters'
Amish girls allegedly lured by captors with puppy