January 10, 1999 |
Newspaper editor Dele Alake left a cocktail party one recent evening, jumped into his car and did something he hadn't done for years. He drove straight home. "Now I can drive home without looking through my rear window to see if I'm being followed," said Alake, whose popular National Concord newspaper was a fervent critic of the oppressive military regime of former dictator Gen. Sani Abacha. "The psychological pressure is off."
June 9, 1998 |
The abrupt death Monday of Nigerian leader Gen. Sani Abacha, one of Africa's most notorious and reclusive dictators, leaves the continent's most populous nation at a critical crossroads, U.S. officials and Africa experts said. The Clinton administration and international human rights groups immediately called on the military-led Provisional Ruling Council in Nigeria to seize the opportunity to launch a long-delayed transition to civilian rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1998 |
The sudden death of Nigeria's reclusive military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, could prove to be a turning point in Africa's most populous nation's struggle for democracy and its relationship with the world. Abacha had been a central figure in the conduct of several military coups d'etat and other, aborted military insurrections for two decades.
June 6, 1998 |
Upon landing at London's Gatwick Airport one recent morning, the Nigerian travelers were separated from the rest and ushered into a room. British customs officials proceeded to comb through their suitcases, while frisky hounds poked their muzzles into the group's handbags and thoroughly sniffed their body parts.
May 9, 1998 |
The military junta has arrested the leader of a human rights group that led several recent protests against the regime. Olisa Agbakoba, chairman of United Action for Democracy, was seized by police at the international airport in Lagos upon his return from Ghana, the group said in a statement. Police declined to comment. The group claimed responsibility for an anti-government protest in the southwestern city of Ibadan last week that left seven people dead and dozens of cars and homes burned.
April 29, 1998 |
A week after Gen. Sani Abacha became the only candidate for Nigeria's presidency, his military junta on Tuesday sentenced Abacha's former right-hand man and five others to death for plotting to overthrow him. A seven-man military tribunal, which has been sitting in secret here in the central town of Jos, said 30 people had been tried for treason. Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya is the most prominent figure now facing execution by firing squad. Others include Maj. Gen. Abdulkareem Adisa and Maj. Gen.