Prominent Politican Umaru Dikko Dies at 78
A prominent northern politician and former Minister of Transportation during the Second Republic, Umaru Dikko, is dead.
His death was confirmed by his son, Dr. Bello Dikko and another family member.
According to family sources, Mr. Dikko, 78, died early Tuesday in a London hospital.
He has been sick for “quite some time” and suffered three strokes in a row, a family member said.
Mr. Dikko would be remembered for the central role in the July 5, 1984 Dikko Affair where he was found drugged in a crate at Stansted Airport that was being claimed as Diplomatic Baggage, an apparent victim of a government sanctioned kidnapping durimg the regime of General Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari’s regime had accused him of large-scale corruption while in office as transport minister under the Shehu Shagari government in 1983 ater the military coup. Particularly, he was accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the nation’s oil revenues.
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