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Meet Sergeant Roger a.k.a Mr. Death, General Sani Abacha hitman

Now said to be a pastor, Sergeant Rogers was involved in the assassination of the wife of Moshood Abiola, Kudirat Abiola on the 9th of June 1996. He was a member of the Strike Force and Presidential Body Guard believed to be a death squad under the command of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a trusted ally and the Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha.

During the Human Rights Violation and Investigation Commission proceedings, he was called to bear, defend himself against the petitions written against him. Accounts from the commission indicated he was carrying out orders in the belief he was protecting the interest of the Country.

He was let go and was readmitted back into the Nigerian Army till 2009 when he was involved in an accident that affected his spinal cord.

During the country’s dark says, Sgt Rogers held sway alongside several others serving the late General Abacha. Their reign according to majority then was a reign of terror and it is sad that after the crimes committed, not a single person has been held to account for the roles they played.

Sergeant Rogers, as he was more popularly known, was a member of the deadly Strike Force; a specially trained military squad used by Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, then Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, to protect the despot.

Because of his confessions to the June 1996 assassination of Mrs Abiola among other crimes perpetrated during the Abacha regime, he became the prosecution witness during the trial of Al Mustapha and the other accused.

Since his release, Sgt. Rogers has been virtually anonymous, leading a very quiet life in Abuja.

However, a recent accident along the Jos – Abuja expressway, which almost snuffed the life out of the heavily bearded sharp shooter, has now confined him to the Wheelchair.

Shortly after Abacha died in 1998, and the Justice Oputa panel inquiry which took the testimonies of many officers of that regime interviewed Sergeant Rogers and others like I.S Umar, Frank Omenka and even Al-Mustapha. The acts he laid claim to were shocking revelations for many Nigerians. Although Rogers claimed to have been acting strictly under instructions and that he was told that the subjects of his attacks were either terrorists or awful Nigerians colluding with foreign terrorists to break Nigeria “in two”.

According to Rogers, his only successful assassination had been that of Kudirat Abiola.

Although no further drama was associated with him, Sergeant Rogers did admit that he was still in the Nigerian Army, attached to the SSS headquarters.

Rogers kept a low profile until 2009 when he was involved in a nasty car crash that confined him to a wheelchair.

About the accident, Rogers recounted that he’d gone to the “farm to bring some produce and on my way back, along Kaduna-Abuja Road, the two front tyres pulled off; that was how it happened. I found myself in the hospital. I was assisted by some soldiers and policemen that were on patrol on the highway. They took me to the hospital and I was admitted and treated. I was first admitted to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital at Gwagwalada and I was also treated at the SSS hospital. I have people that come here to treat me. Since then, I have been on treatment in various hospitals and some doctors and physiotherapists come to treat me at home.”

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