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Abacha, Sani,

1943–98, Nigerian military officer and political leader, b. Kano. He received military training in Nigeria and England, joining the Nigerian army in 1963. Abacha participated in several coups, and under President Ibrahim BabangidaBabangida, Ibrahim
, 1941–, Nigerian military and political leader. After graduating (1963) from Nigeria's military college, he joined the army and received further training abroad.
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 he was appointed chief of army staff (1985) and minister of defense (1990). In Aug., 1993, following a crisis in which President Babangida annulled the results of the June presidential election, Ernest ShonekanShonekan, Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde,
1936–, Nigerian businessman and political leader, b. Lagos. He received a law degree in 1962 from the Univ. of London and joined the United African Company in 1964, becoming chairman and chief executive in 1980.
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 was installed as interim head of state. Abacha, who had remained defense minister, seized power in November. Abacha suppressed political activity and press freedoms and jailed leading political figures, and he and his family were accused after his death of defrauding the country of billions of dollars (some of which was ultimately recovered). Abacha died in office and was succeeded by General Abdulsalam AbubakarAbubakar, Abdulsalam Alhaji,
1942–, Nigerian military officer and political leader, b. Minna, Niger State. He served in the Nigerian air force (1963–67) and army (1967–99), achieving the rank of general and becoming defense chief.
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Chief Reuben Famuyibo, a legal practitioner, was an aspirant in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential primary that produced the late MKO Abiola, and participated in the Constitutional Conference organised by the Sani Abacha military regime.
That visit caused him trouble with the Nigerian government led by President Sani Abacha who ordered for his arrest,
FREE POLLSOnly five years earlier, Chief Moshood Abiola had died in jail in unexplained circumstances on the day he was due for release and a day before military ruler Sani Abacha expired in the throes of pleasure.
WASHINGTON: The World Bank, the Nigeria's Federal Government and the Swiss Federal Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the repatriation and monitoring of $321 million of funds illicitly acquired by the family of the late former President of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha.
Retired Navy Captain Ayeni, who was the pioneer Military Administrator of Bayelsa State when it was created by the administration of Late Head of State, General Sani Abacha in October, 1996, died in the early hours of last Thursday, after a protracted illness.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the World Bank to help recover approximately $320 million in government funds that were stolen and hidden in Swiss bank accounts by former military dictator Sani Abacha.
Although his roots are in the military, not economics, he served as head of the Petroleum Trust Fund under Sani Abacha, another military ruler, giving him insight into the murky world of crude oil production.
According to The Daily Star, a medical source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital said that the hospital received 21 dead bodies and 27 injured victims from the blast on Tuesday night.
We received 21 dead bodies and 27 injured victims from the blast," a source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu, of which is the Yobe state capital.
Au total, depuis 2003, la Suisse a rendu quelque 1,8 milliard de francs suisses (1,5 milliard d'euros) lies a l'ex-president philippin Ferdinand Marcos, au Nigerian Sani Abacha, au Peruvien Vladimir Montesinos et au Haitien Jean-Claude Duvalier.
Chapter 2 offers a literature review of some of the studies done previously on Nigerian internet communities, including Misty Bastian's anthropological research on Nigerian internet communities during the years of the late dictator General Sani Abacha and Tope Omoniyi's historicization of the way in which Africans have socialized from the precolonial era to the digital age.
Mandela was referring to General Sani Abacha, an obdurate and corrupt dictator in Nigeria who, in addition to still holding the winner of his country's presidential election in solitary confinement, had just executed the writer and environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists from oil-blighted Ogoniland.