By HENRY UMORU & JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA— FORMER Inspector-General of Police and delegate to the ongoing National Conference, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta, yesterday, narrated how he lost his top police job on account of his pleas for the release of General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd.) and late General Musa Yar‘Adua (rtd.) from detention under the Sani Abacha regime.
Jimeta, who recalled that his intervention at that time was in the interest of the nation, however, regretted that he became another casualty of that regime as he was eventually forced to go on self-exile on account of persecutions by the Abacha regime.
Besides Obasanjo and Yar‘Adua, Gambo said he also pleaded for four other unnamed persons incar-cerated by that regime.
Jimeta spoke during the inaugural sitting of the National Conference Committee on National Security, which he chairs.
He recalled that his untimely exit from service and subsequent witch-hunt by his employer left him with no alternative than to reluctantly seek exile for nine months at the expense of the wife, children and family members he left behind.
He said: “As the IGP then, I advised the former ruler, Sani Abacha, to release the high profile political detai-nees like Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yar’Adua and four others. But Abacha refused to do so, removed me and they wanted to kill me.”
Alhaji Jimeta said he was not at the National Conference to push for anybody’s interest except the country’s, adding “wherever there is a positive endeavour to find solutions to what is worrying the nation, I will gladly go and do it not because I am invited.
“That is why I am saying I am not working for anybody but for myself and my conscience and the well being of my children and great-grandchildren to come.”
He assured that his committee would proffer solutions that would permanently solve the country’s security problems, saying members of the committee have the required expertise and experiences.