Obasanjo said his government only arrested and investigated Bamaiyi over allegations that he killed some people during Abacha’s reign.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed the claim by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi that he (Obasanjo) plotted to kill him.
The ex-president said that under his administration between 1999 and 2007, Bamaiyi was arrested and investigated over allegations against him that he killed some people during the reign of military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha .
He said it was only on this ground that the law enforcement agencies in the country prosecuted him.
The elder statesman stated this on Sunday, April 9, at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital while hosting members of the Ogun State Correspondents’ chapel.
In Bamaiyi’s recent book, ‘Vindication of A General’, he accused Obasanjo of plotting to kill him so that any plan by the former army chief to overthrow him would be buried.
According to Bamaiyi, Abdulsalami Abubakar had suggested to Obasanjo to cage him because of his (Bamaiyi) capability of toppling the new administration.
In the book, Bamaiyi stated, “Upon handing over power to Gen. Obasanjo in May 1999, Gen. (Abdulsalami) Abubakar told the new civilian President that he must rein in General Bamaiyi, else, he would overthrow the new government and from that moment, General Aliyu Gusau, the then National Security Adviser, and President Obasanjo made it a duty to imprison me by all means.
“When Obasanjo took over, some Peoples Democratic Party big shots decided that based on the report, I had control of the Army and should be arrested. The government looked for avenues to arrest me.
“They started by checking Army accounts to see if I had stolen money.”