According to unimpeachable sources in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, between 2001 and 2003, the British were duped of a whopping US $15m in a scam involving five retired "Nigerian" generals who offered to organise a coup against President Robert Mugabe on behalf of the British government. The British, under Tony Blair, bought it hook, line and sinker, and in the end got their hands burnt in a 419 scam! Memory Godobori reports.
EPORTS CITING IMPECCABLE sources in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, say a "military coup" project involving five alleged "Nigerian" generals left the British government $15m poorer when it did not materialise at the appointed time in 2002. According to the reports, the coup project started in 2001 in South Africa, where a meeting involving British and American intelligence officials and some members of Zimbabwe's then opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was convened for a briefing by the five Nigerians on how a coup against President Robert Mugabe could be organised.
The five "generals" claimed credit for bringing General Ibrahim Babangida to power in Nigeria. They also claimed they knew most of the senior officers in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) since they trained many of them during Zimbabwe's war of liberation.
To strengthen their case, the Nigerians gave a clear account of the various Zimbabwe National Army units and the names of officers occupying senior positions in those units.
Thus, the Nigerians laid out their strategy for the proposed coup against President Mugabe. They said $ 12 m would be initially required to pay off the command element at both senior and lower levels of the Zimbabwean army. The most senior officers would be paid a minimum of $100,000 each.
As the British were in a hurry to stop Zimbabwe's land reform programme (which had seen British-descended white Zimbabweans lose their land and farms), shortly after the meeting in South Africa they released the $12 m to the Nigerians who deployed themselves in the various provincial capitals of Zimbabwe, allegedly for ease of communication with army units throughout the country.
The Nigerians, however, advised against any unsolicited contact between themselves and MDC officials inside Zimbabwe.
The date for the coup would be the day Zimbabwe's 2002 presidential results were announced. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his close aides would be booked into a central Harare hotel, the Meikles, a strategic point from...