Atiku Abubakar, AC Leader
The Action Congress (AC) has called on the federal government to immediately launch an investigation into revelations by Sergeant Barnabas Jabila (alias Sgt. Rogers) that he served the Obasanjo administration diligently in some yet-to-be explained capacity.
Jabila, who spoke while testifying at the ongoing murder trial of former chief of army staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi, at a Lagos High Court last week, said his murderous Strike Force had worked for three heads of state, including Obasanjo.
In a statement issued yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it was particularly alarmed by the claim, which has so far not been refuted, considering the deadly nature of the “assignments” handled by Sgt. Rogers and his team in the past.
“We are also worried because of the number of unresolved murders during the Obasanjo administration. The list includes Bola Ige, Harry Marshall, A.B. Dikibo, Saudatu Rimi, Godwin Agbroko and Funsho Williams.
“The investigation we are calling for will determine, among others, the specific assignments that a murder suspect could possibly have carried out for the Obasanjo administration.
“It is important to get to the root of Sgt. Rogers’ claim because the Obasanjo administration gave Nigerians the impression that the infamous Strike Force was disbanded at the inception of the civilian administration in 1999.
“If it was not disbanded, the Nigerian public should be told what the killer squad has been doing since 1999; why it was kept by the Obasanjo government and what Sgt. Rogers really meant by saying that he served Obasanjo diligently,” the party said.
“It is imperative to get answers to these posers because the nation deserves an explanation on why Obasanjo felt Rogers should still work for him even when he (Rogers) had publicly acknowledged the roles he played in the murder and attempted murder of many Nigerians during the Abacha government,” it added.
The AC said the “Freudian slip” committed by Rogers, if properly investigated, could well prove fortuitous in helping to solve some of the riddles surrounding the high-profile assassinations witnessed across the country during the eight years of the last administration.