General Muhammadu Buhari was a major actor in one of the world’ s most notably state sponsored kidnap attempts in history, captioned the Dikko Affair (Google it).
The late Umaru Abdulrahman Dikko was the Minister for transportation from 1979 to 1983, under the administration of late president, Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari.
Dikko came to limelight, following the coup d’ etat, carried out by General Muhammadu Buhari, and his co- travellers, that shattered Nigeria’ s second attempt at democratic rule.
General Muhammadu Buhari had contracted Israeli Mossad to locate and bring Dikko back to Nigeria, after Dikko fled for his life after the coup.
Mossad agents Alexander Barak and Felix Abitho, ex- Nigerian Army Major Mohammed Yusufu and Israeli doctor Levi- Arie Shapiro who was recruited to sedate Dikko, went about the task of abducting Dikko from his residence in London, and loaded him into a 1. 2 × 1. 2 × 1. 6 crate ready for shipment to Nigeria, where General Muhammadu Buhari would have executed him after a kangaroo trial.
A Boeing 707 Nigeria Airways plane filled with Nigerian security operatives landed in London, late in the evening of July 3rd at the Stanstead Airport, supposedly to airlift diplomatic baggage (Dikko).
British airport security, who had received an all airport alert, intercepted the crates, and Dikko was rescued, while his abductors served years in prison.
Buhari in retaliation, would arrest and sentence two British engineers to fourteen years in prison, a sentence which was overturned when General Ibrahim Badamusi Babangida kicked Buhari out of office.
Denials by Kenyan authorities in the arrest and extradition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, gives reason to believe General Muhammadu Buhari, may have tried out his hand in kidnapping once again.
Interestingly, both men were under the watch of the British government.
While Dikko was within the boarders of the United Kingdom during the attempt to abduct him, Nnamdi Kanu was travelling under the British passport, which should have been enough protection for him against repatriation to Nigeria.
Alas, while Britain was able to outwit General Muhammadu Buhari in the case of Umaru Dikko, Buhari had either outsmarted them or colluded with the British to sell out their citizen.
The British government’ s inability to make any emphatic statement over the seeming abduction of their citizen, tends to point at an arrangement between both countries, or a sign that the once Great Britain is now toothless, and she and her citizens can be trampled under by anybody without actions or consequences.