Nigeria’s Second Republic Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko has died this morning in the United Kingdom.
Umaru Dikko, born in 1936 at Wamba was a trusted adviser to President Shehu Shagari. He was also the Nigerian minister for Transportation from 1979-1983.
Alhaji Dikko went on exile after the overthrow of the Shehu Shagari’s government by the military coup of December 31, 1983.
The move by the Muhammadu Buhari/ Tunde Idiagbon regime to abduct Alhaji Dikko to Nigeria from the United Kingdom to answer corruption charges levelled against him failed as it was foiled by Scotland Yard. He was drugged and was to be shipped into the country as a diplomatic package.
Umaru Dikko later returned to country in the mid-1990s and has since participated in politics. He was the chairman of the seven-member National Disciplinary Committee, NDC, of the Peoples Democratic Party during the chairmanship of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.