Abuja - Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State General Sani Abacha,has enumerated reasons why the former military head of state created six states on 1st October, 1996.
Mustapha in an interview with Leadership disclosed that many groups and people were clamouring for the creation of states, while others rooted for the creation of local governments in their states.
He said the late head of state looked at the various parts of the country before creating those states and local governments.
"We received many proposals from all the geopolitical zones of the country. There were a number of grey areas that propped up. For instance, there were a lot of issues that greeted the creation of Gombe State and even after its creation, there were issues with the nomenclature and as a result of that, the late head of state, after under studying the situations, considered all opinions before finally agreeing to remove Gombe from Bauchi State. And such consideration was responsible for locating Lafiya as the capital of Nasarawa and Gusau as the capital of Zamfara State.
"You will be surprised at the sheer size of the proposals for states creation. But through wisdom, foresight and respect for procedures, the six states were arrived at.
"One important thing that should be said here is that all the six states created by late Abacha were created based on merit, they were not created to appease any form of interest. In the build up to the creation of these states, we worked with different individuals like the late Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar, Yahya Sule Hamma, Tom Ikimi, David Attah, Aminu Sale and many others. Most of the underground work, was done in my office. There was an engulfing frenzy at that time as the agitators made last ditch efforts to get their states endorsed. It was due to the heightened anxiety that the late head of state ordered that in each of the geopolitical zones, one state should be created so as to maintain order of states and the needed balance in terms of history, population, mineral resources, culture, number of local governments and others".
The Court of Appeal in Lagos according to News24 discharged and acquitted Hamza Al-Mustapha of the murder of wife of former presidential candidate, Moshood Abiola, Kudirat.
The judgment overturns that of the Lagos High Court which sentenced him to death by hanging.
- News 24