- Senator Shehu Sani has shared his experience at the Abakaliki prison during the dark days of Nigeria's military junta
- Sani, an activist turned politician, recalled his days in the prison with notable Nigerian politicians
- He also gave insights into how prisoners were treated by the military authorities while they were in the facility
Senator Shehu Sani has shared his experience at the Abakaliki prison in 1995 when he was arrested by the Abacha regime via his social media page on Tuesday, December 8.
The former Kaduna federal lawmaker recalled how he shared the same space with Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, who later died in the prison.
Sani revealed that he alongside Late Yar'adua had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a military tribunal.
Senator Sani said he escaped being tortured like other prisoners because he was slim and his 20s at the time.
He also recalled that former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was also brought into the prison while he was there.
According to him, weeks after Obasanjo was brought in. Also, prominent activist, Beko Ransome Kuti, and journalists like Kunle Ajibade of The News Magazine, George Mbah of Tell magazine, Ben Charles Obi of Classique were all interrogated.
“After the interrogation, I was arraigned before a military tribunal headed by General Patrick Aziza and sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Obasanjo, Beko, and the journalists were also convicted for life. General Yaradua and others were sentenced to death.”
Recall that Senator Sani recently criticised the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, for saying that it may take the country another 20 years to end the insurgency.
The former senator in a tweet on Thursday, December 3, said the statement implies that Buratai was misleading Nigerians when he claimed the army had recorded victories over the insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has appealed to Nigerians, not to be discouraged by the recent killings by Boko Haram.
It said very soon, the Boko Haram sect and its bloodletting will be over, adding that the resort to attacking soft targets by the terrorists is a ploy to instil fear in the populace to remain relevant and cause confusion.
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