Minister of Transport in the Second Republic, Alhaji Umaru Dikko, aged 78 is dead.
Alhaji Dikko reportedly died this morning in the United Kingdom after suffering from an unknown illness. This was confirmed to newsmen by his family in London and Zaria.
Mr. Dikko was popularly known as one of the most powerful ministers
under the Shehu Shagari regime in the early 1980s. When the military
ousted the regime via a coup d’etat in 1983, Mr. Dikko escaped to the UK
on exile. The military regime led
by then head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, accused Dikko of massive
corruption and official graft and thus secretly organized his kidnapping
from the streets of London.
In 1984, Mr. Dikko was kidnapped, drugged and packaged as a diplomatic baggage in a cargo ready to be shipped to Lagos
Nigeria unconscious. His abductors were later arrested by the UK
police as they tried to ship him through Stansed airport in London.
Dikko later returned to Nigeria where he has since participated in politics.
May his soul rest in peace!