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Usman Gwarzo wrote:
From: Alhaji Usman Gwarzo
Fax: 234 1 7593634
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
I wish to introduce myself to you and the reason for my reaching
out to you. I am Alhaji Usman Gwarzo, blood cousin and a close
confidant to Alhaji Ismaila Gwarzo the immediate past National
Security adviser to our late military head of state General
Sani Abacha who died mysteriously on the 8th of June 1998.
Following the death of the Dictator Sani Abacha, elections
were successfully held in the country and a civilian administration
was sworn into power with the assistance of the American Government
under the leadership of President Clinton. With the advent
of the new democratic administration, a decision was taken
by the new president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo to probe
and ultimately prosecute all past military officers and their
cohorts that served in very strategic capacities in the last
military regime of the late Sani Abacha. My cousin Alhaji
Ismaila Gwarzo was among those singled out to be punished
because of his closeness to the late dictator, General San
Abacha, and glaring flagrant violation of human rights in
Nigeria, under their administration.
My cousin and I were best of friends having grown up together
so he shared all his closely guarded secrets with me, hence
the need for absolute confidentiality in carrying out this
transaction .My cousin Alhaji Ismaila Gwarzo had amassed monies
running into hundreds of millions of dollars stashed in various
private foreign accounts around the world.
Presently, he has been confined under a house arrest and
waiting to be taken to court by the Government of the day
for a charge of looting the treasury in connivance with the
late military head of state and a charge of gross human right
abuses on the citizens of Nigeria. I was directly informed
by my contacts at the Presidential Villa, the seat of
Government, that he would be convicted because of his position
as the National Security Adviser and the reported cases of
human right abuses under the late dictator. However, I have
been hoping that I would use some of his friends connections
to get the Government to enlist him amongst the ones to be
extended the conditional state pardon as it is usually done
during the Islamic sallah celebrations.
I am now constrained into seeking for this assistance today
because I cannot keep on waiting on the promises from my contact
at the Presidential Villa, that he will be released, I actually
waited until today before seeking for this assistance because
according to their assurance that the President will be giving
an official pardon to all detainees and that my cousin will
be considered and be released conditionally, so that we can
get him out of this country. The President has delivered his
special announcement and nothing of such was mentioned leaving
me with no alternative but make this move, and also thus confirming
my fears that he will be convicted.
Shortly, before his incarceration and subjection to a house
arrest, he entrusted with me the sum of US$ 12.5 million
to be transferred or deposited hurriedly in one of his foreign
accounts, but because of this pending probe on his accounts
both locally and foreign I had to resort to other means of
safe guarding the money in question, hence my seeking your
assistance to receive this funds.
I have since had this amount with me stashed away a private
security company in Nigeria. I cannot send this money to my
brother's Bank accounts abroad for reasons mentioned earlier.
I hereby seek your assistance in moving and securing this
money in your account abroad. I will adequately compensate
you with 20% of the total sum for your assistance and co-operation
with me to move this fund out of the country.
The present administration has beamed their search light
on any body remotely related to the culprits under detention
and I strongly know for certain that I am also under surveillance,
as I cannot operate any of my Bank accounts any more, due
to their being frozen pending the outcome of the investigation
of my cousin.
I intend and safe guard and invest this amount of money abroad,
but with a reliable foreign business partner so that we can
invest the funds in doing business in your country. Which
is why I am soliciting your assistance and cooperation as
regards this business. Arrangements are being concluded with
a Security company in Europe or one of their branches in the
American continent to receive the money in cash depending
on where is convenient for you.
I cannot tell the full story of my predicament on this letter.
However you can get more information by checking the following
Please note that we have a relocation plan for my cousin's
children immediately and my own later, due to hostilities
which they are suffering in the hands of the general public.
As they cannot even go to school any more. We will discuss
further on this when we hear from you.
Please indicate your willingness to assist me by sending
to me the following information; your full name, your company
name address and your private phone and fax numbers so that
I can contact you and commence the transaction in earnest.
I am waiting to hear from you very soon.
Best regards, Alhaji. Usman Gwarzo.
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