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Retired Colonel Bello Fadile Marks 25th Anniversary of Liberation From Life Sentence

ByHybrid News

Mar 2, 2024

In a reflective interview over the weekend, retired Nigerian Army Colonel Bello Fadile, holding a Ph.D. in Law, recounted the momentous event of his release 25 years ago from what was then Argungu Prison, now known as a Correctional Facility, in Kebbi State.

Col. Bello Fadile, formerly an intelligence officer, shared insights into the unexpected turn of events that led to his liberation from a life sentence during the regime of late General Sani Abacha. He detailed that the conviction stemmed from advocating for a non-violent composition of an Interim Government to replace the military junta.

March 4, 1999, became a pivotal day in Fadile’s life as he vividly recalled the early hours when a retired Warrant Officer, now a prison warder, delivered the long-awaited news of freedom. The announcement marked the end of a three-day period of fervent prayer and fasting among Fadile and his fellow inmates.

Fadile’s upcoming book, titled “Nine Lives: The Bello Fadile Memoirs,” captures the essence of this transformative moment. In his own words, he described the crucial moment: “I had tap, tap, tap, on my cell window and Colonel! Colonel!! wake up… ‘Oga you don free, congratulations sir, start packing your things, you are going home.'”

The news spread among the inmates, concluding a period of intense anticipation. Fadile expressed his gratitude for the support he received during his incarceration, emphasizing the significance of the occasion and the enduring love he holds for his country.

Upon the official announcement of his pardon by then-Head of State and Commander-In-Chief, General Abdusalami Abubakar, Fadile stepped out of the prison gates into a new chapter of his life. He expressed deep appreciation to Gen Abdusalami Abubakar, those who contributed to establishing a true democratic government in Nigeria, and the Nigerian Military.

As March 4, 2024, marked the 25th anniversary of his freedom, Fadile’s account serves as a poignant reminder of resilience, faith, and the triumph of justice over adversity.

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