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Karma At Work: Sergeant Rogers Now Crippled

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It is not likely that a cross-section of Nigerians has forgotten the face and name of Barnabas Mshelia Jabila, the acquitted, self-confessed killer of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presumptive winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

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Sergeant Rogers, as he was more popularly known, was a member of the deadly Strike Force; a specially trained military squad used by Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, then Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, to protect the despot.

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Because of his confessions to the June 1996 assassination of Mrs Abiola among other crimes perpetrated during the Abacha regime, he became the prosecution witness during the trial of Al Mustapha and the other accused.


Since his own release, Sgt. Rogers has been virtually anonymous, leading a very quiet life in Abuja.


However, a recent accident along the Jos – Abuja expressway, which almost snuffed the life out of the heavily bearded sharp shooter, has now confined him to the wheelchair.

Rogers was taken round hospitals in Abuja for treatment but at the end of the day, he has had to live with the reality that he would be paralysed forever.


Things are reportedly so bad for him that he now depends on people for survival.


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Now said to be a pastor, Sergeant Rogers was involved in the assassination of the wife of Moshood Abiola, Kudirat Abiola on the 9th of June 1996. He was a member of the Strike Force and Presidential Body Guard believed to be a death squad under the command of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a trusted ally and the Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha.


During the Human Rights Violation and Investigation Commission proceedings, he was called to bear,  defend himself against the petitions written against him. Accounts from the commission indicated he was carrying out orders in the belief he was protecting the interest of the Country.


He was let go and was readmitted back into the Nigerian Army till 2009 when he was involved in an accident that affected his spinal cord.


During the country’s dark says, Sgt Rogers held sway alongside several others serving the late General Abacha. Their reign according to majority then was a reign of terror and it is sad that after the crimes committed, not a single person has been held to account for the roles they played.


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