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Sani Abacha   Military leader Abacha was the military leader during the 1993 election coup Early in his presidency, Abacha dissolved all civilian democratic institutions at national and state levels and replaced government and elected officials with military officers A Provisional Ruling Council of senior army officers, of which he was chairman, was formed Abacha's regime enforced its rule through the arrest, imprisonment and execution of dissenters, press censorship and the development of a police state Amongst the more notable individuals detained by the regime were Chief Abiola, the would-be head of state who died in prison in July 1998; former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo; and environmentalist and journalist Ken Saro- Wiwa who was executed in 1995 despite intense international demand for his release Abacha’s family alone stole about $5 billion out of the country In 1995, Abacha announced a program to return Nigeria to civilian rule by October 1998 and elections were planned for August of that year. Abacha died unexpectedly, and was quickly replaced by a close colleague General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who himself was succeeded by elected president and former Abacha detainee, Olusegun Obasanjo. Moshood Abiola He was nominated by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and he appealed in the north because he was a Muslim Abiola was acknowledged to have won the June 1993 presidential election, but the military government subsequently annulled the presidential elections and in June 1994 arrested and charged him with treason when he declared himself to be the rightful head of state. Other supporters of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) were also arrested and charged with treason and treasonable felonies in June 1994, but were released to await trial (none of the trials have proceeded) or have the charges withdrawn. During this time, Abiola remained imprisoned. Although his alleged offence was committed in Lagos, he is held under the direct control of the Presidency in Abuja, the new federal capital, where a new Federal High Court was especially created to try him, in contravention of international standards for fair trial. Abdulsalami Abubakar
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