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The untold story, by professor who attempted to overthrow the late Head of State By Olakunle Olafioye

TWO weeks ago, Nigeria commemorated 17 years of uninterrupted civil rule with tributes to many heroes of democracy both known and the unsung. Perhaps one of the unsung heroes of Nigerian civil rule who has failed to get commensurate acknowledgement for his bravery and heroism during the military era is Professor Adesegun Banjo. Adebanjo, a medical doctor waged an armed struggle against then military regime of the late Sani Abacha, leading to his detention in Republic of Benin. Upon his release, Banjo became a beautiful bride courted by powerful interests outside the country, a development which placed him in a vantage position to decide fates of both victor and villain of June 12 struggle. In this interview with Sunday Sun, Prof Banjo speaks on the secret negotiation which sealed in the fate of the trio of the late Chief MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of June 12 1993 election; General Sani Abacha and former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

If I heard you right during our conversation earlier, you said you were the one who pressured the western powers to remove Abacha. How did you achieve this?

I won’t use the word ‘pressured’. If you want to get something from somebody, you look for what is most dear to that person; what that person guards jealously and threaten that thing. It is most likely the person surrenders that thing to you. After I was released from prison, I started mobilizing again, I was detained for 14 years, not in Nigeria. Although our incarceration was done illegally because we were not found guilty. Soglo, (the then president of Benin Republic) just detained us like hostages, he was milking Abacha. In fact, it was alleged that he got up to one hundred million dollars from Abacha… Continue here