Sunday, 27 April 2014

Abacha's Hitman, Sgt Roger Now Permanently in Wheel Chair...Laments, All My Friends Have Abandoned Me

It's been a very long time since you disappeared from public view. Where have you been and how are you doing?

I thank God that I’m fine. Since you were involved in an automobile accident, how challenging has it been? It has been very challenging and very difficult because this is not a type of ailment for which you take drugs and get better. My condition has to do with the spinal cord and it is going to take a long time. Since 2009, I have been in bed till now. I thank God that I’m living by the grace of God.

How did the accident happen?

Actually I went to the farm to bring some produce and on my way back, along Kaduna-Abuja Road, the two front tyres pulled off; that was how it happened. I found myself in the hospital. I was assisted by some soldiers and policemen that were on patrol on the highway.

They took me to the hospital and I was admitted and treated. I was first admitted to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital at Gwagwalada and I was also treated at the SSS hospital. I have people that come here to treat me. Since then, I have been on treatment in various hospitals and some doctors and physiotherapists come to treat me at home. As somebody in need of medical care, wherever I hear that there are persons that can treat me, I would go. I have been to alternative healthcare givers and prayer houses. Either I’m taken there or they come here to help me.

 Treatment of this kind of condition is expensive. How have you been sustaining that?

I have been trying by the Grace of God but it has been very difficult. I know that all the people that have been helping me must be tired by now; they are really tired.

What is your relationship with the Abacha family and have they been supportive?

I know they are aware that I was involved in an accident because it was in the media then. Maybe they don’t know where I am staying. I have not heard from them.

Have you made any effort to reach them?

You know with my condition I cannot move around much. Maybe I have not got the right person to reach them.

Let me take you back in time. There is a story about you that is very much in the negative. Sgt Rogers was a name that was dreaded. How do you live with this definition of your person?

Well my being perceived in the negative is understandable. My profession is always taken on the negative side, no matter how good you try to be. No matter how good you are, you are always perceived in the negative. Generally speaking, we are all human beings like every other person, you understand. These are the sacrifices you have to make for the nation. No matter how negative it is you take it because you have done your best for the nation. Are you still in the army and if you are what is your rank now and your present posting? I am still in the army; I am a Sergeant in the army and attached to the SSS headquarters up till now. My last date of promotion was in September 1995, that’s like 19 years or so.

Why have you remained on one rank for 19 years?

I don’t know. The Federal Government may know better but it is something that I never expected to be this long.

How do you feel that after all the sacrifices you say you made you have been on one rank for 19 years?

Naturally, I am not happy. I am really not happy.

The Lagos State Government has said it will appeal the acquittal of your former boss, Major Hamza al-Mustapha. Do you think the state may be successful in the process?

Abeg, please, please, please, you know this is a matter in court so I will not want speak on it.

Abacha’s erstwhile deputy, Gen. Oladipo Diya, said in a recent interview that you represented death anytime you were around. Was he right?

Well he is an elderly person and I heard that it was when he celebrated his birthday that he made the comment. What I want to say is to refer him to the Bible in the book of Luke, about the centurion who met Jesus Christ. The centurion told Jesus that he had soldiers under him who obey his orders; if he tells them go, they go; if he tells them to do this, they do it. That’s the only thing I can say.

Are you saying that you were in the command of the army when you did all this?

I’m under the command of the army and under the Federal Government. I’m a servant, y

ou know, a servant doing my service to the nation. Just like the centurion said, if they say go, I go, come, I come; do this and I will do it; don’t do this and I don’t do it. Are there aspects of you that people don’t know about because what Diya said about you is the picture everybody that followed your story has.

Are there some aspects that portray a humane nature that Nigerians don’t know about?

I am a human being like every other Nigerian. I have feelings; I have senses like every other person. Everything I did was part of the sacrifices I had I was used and dumped, says Abacha’s hitman, Sgt. Rogers to accept for the country.

They can say whatever they want to say about me but the military know me better than the populace because my profession is to be loyal and patriotic to the governing authority. That is who I am. Besides that, I am just a normal human being like every other person. I am a father, an uncle and have feelings like every other person.

How has your relationship with your friends been since you had that accident?

There are some, few of them though. But the truth is this, one Igbo man sang a song when we were in the barracks which has the chorus that when the going is good and smooth, very many people will be your friends; but when the going is bad, all of them will run away. That is just it

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