The Kidnap Of Umaru Dikko: The Full Story (part 1)

Over the next few weeks, I will be revisiting the controversial attempt to kidnap Umaru Dikko in 1984. Dikko was one of the most powerful and notorious figures in the government of President Shagari between 1979 and 1983. This is the first of a three part series which recounts the circumstances, timing and details of the kidnap.

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Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Aguabata posted on 12-30-2007, 05:21:17 AM
Nice one,we are waiting for more, Did Abacha remember his coup speech and how miffed he was about corruption? I beleve when you get into power in Nigeria and you are incharge of weak institutions you dont even know when you become corrupt and unfair .but please bring more facts on Dikko's corrupt dealings.
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Akuluouno posted on 12-30-2007, 05:30:47 AM
This is Nigerian history according to Max Siollun or at best a verse on the raping of Nigeria by Umaru Dikko. We wait for the next chapters. EFCC over to you since the maincharater is still alive and corruption in law has no cloture
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Palamedes posted on 12-30-2007, 07:19:19 AM
What? Umaru Dikko, an embezzler, thief and corrupt politician? Not so, says former President Shehu Shagari: In one interview Shehu Shagari gave, he claimed that Umaru is a pauper and here is a portion of the interview:

“President Shagari:...Umaru is very harmless. Umaru, for those who were in my government know that there are many things which happened during that period that Umaru had no idea about... But he is the type of person who likes to talk all the time and defend the government even when it is not necessary. So it is the manner he speaks or acts that some people don't like but he is a very good man. All the rubbish they wrote about him that he stole billions of Naira people can now see were false. Umaru is not a person like that, go and find out about him, he is more or less a pauper because money did not mean anything to him "

At an advanced age, elder statesman status and very religious, one would expect former President Shehu Shagari to have come clean on Dikko, but what does he do? He continues to defend his brother in law. It seems that in Shehu Shagari's world, family comes before country.
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Gwobezentashi posted on 12-30-2007, 07:23:10 AM
QUOTE:
This is Nigerian history according to Max Siollun or at best a verse on the raping of Nigeria by Umaru Dikko. We wait for the next chapters. EFCC over to you since the maincharater is still alive and corruption in law has no cloture


After you have finished shedding crocodile tears for Maurice Iwu, the original fraudster and magician ko?

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Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Akuluouno posted on 12-30-2007, 08:48:38 AM
Dear GZT,

Shagari was indeed right in saying that UD was not corrupt especially when regimes after his displayed superlative sagacity in terms of the quantum of loot in the corruption game. Let me oncemore repeat that I am not a fan of Iwu. If the man was found corrupt let him face the EFCC.
I am also against the zoning of corruption as displayed by the half naked ladies in Kaduna recently. I have also advocated that the fight go beyond economic and financial crimes to nepotism, zonalism, rigging of elections etc etc. Non fiscal corruption like nepotism, zonalism and electoral rigging do much more lasting damage to the fabric of society than a one off light fingering of say one billion dollars from our commonwealth. Like the peace of a false god, the evils of non-fiscal corruption endures forever. Also like the wisdom of same god, it defies all understanding
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Onari posted on 12-30-2007, 09:45:09 AM
How I wish Abacha, Babaginga and co were caged during the Buhari regime and Nigeria by now could have turned the corner!
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Palamedes posted on 12-30-2007, 11:11:26 AM
@akuluouno
QUOTE:
Shagari was indeed right in saying that UD was not corrupt especially when regimes after his displayed superlative sagacity in terms of the quantum of loot in the corruption game. Let me oncemore repeat that I am not a fan of Iwu. If the man was found corrupt let him face the EFCC.

Madam, (I hope you are seated) I have followed your commentaries on NVS for some time now, and I have detected in your commentaries (past and present) a pattern, used all too often, as the highlight in the above quote shows. With great respect, I have noticed your penchant and frequency of citing “other cases” to belittle the impact of any serious level of corruption being discussed. And yet, if one were a lawyer, in a court of law, one who dare not plead one's case on account of other cases that have not being brought to the notice of the courts yet.

It doesn't make sense (at least, to me) to read argument that says a man who had stolen over $7bn (1999 estimates) is not corrupt because there are people more corrupt than he is or (another of your line of argument) that other people more corrupt be brought to justice before we trouble the man.

Madam, if one might borrow your line of argument, one might argue and even demand that all Nigerian prisons be emptied of prisoners because there are far more dangerous and corrupt people outside the prisons that have not being brought to justice yet.

Just to let you know, madam, that I can't take it (your argument) any more; consequently, I had to forced myself to say something about it.
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Son of the Delta posted on 12-30-2007, 11:27:18 AM
Nigeria is a very strange entity! The same Umaru Dikko was preaching accountability to the N-Delta.

Wonders will never end!
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Aguabata posted on 12-30-2007, 12:07:21 PM
Dear Onari

if Babangida, abacha and co were caged, there are at least 100,000 nigerians willing to take their place in our political history and they could have possibly been worse.
Re: THE KIDNAP OF UMARU DIKKO: THE FULL STORY (part 1)
Palamedes posted on 12-30-2007, 13:03:54 PM
@aguabata
QUOTE:
if Babangida, abacha and co were caged, there are at least 100,000 nigerians willing to take their place in our political history and they could have possibly been worse.

What is the point you are making?
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