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How Major Al - Mustapha Saved Me From Being Raped – Abike Dabiri


 •Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa



The Daily Crucible | Sunday, December 12, 2021

Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has given insight into how she was almost raped decades back while carrying out investigative journalism.

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa said she was once locked up in Apapa in one of the military facilities there and could have have been raped if Al - Mustapha had not come at the time he did and saved her from being raped.

She disclosed this while addressing newsmen after receiving her award at the maiden edition of the National Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards organised by the International Press Centre (IPC) and Media Rights Agenda (MRA)in Abuja.

The former House of Representatives member lawmaker told journalists in Nigeria to brace the odd and undertake investigative journalism.

She noted that for the timely intervention of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former chief security officer to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, she would have been raped.

Abike also called on practitioners not to shy away from venturing into the arena of investigative journalism, saying the challenge is how well the Freedom of Information have been used by Nigerians.

She said: “Dare to venture, dare to succeed. I was arrested at a point I was doing investigative journalism, locked up in Apapa in one of the military facilities there. What saved me from being raped was Major Al-Mustapha who happened to come in at that point. So, you cannot afford to be afraid.”

She also said there was the need for all journalists to be insured, protected to enable them undertake their job effectively.

Dabiri worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for 15 years, anchored the weekly NTA News line programme after Frank Olize left, focusing on poverty and social justice issues.

The programme was widely followed on Sunday by Nigerian viewers.

She retired from NTA and contested the House of Representatives  election in 2003 which she won.

In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her his Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.

Three years later, he made her the CEO of NIDCOM, a position she occupies till date.

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