Information on the death of Ibrahim Abacha's eldest son in an aircraft crash in January 1996 and on whether there are investigations being conducted into the affair [NGA24063.E]

Information on the death of Ibrahim Abacha's eldest son could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

However, please see the attachments for media reports related to the death of Ibrahim Abacha, the eldest son of General Sani Abacha, in a plane crash on 17 January 1996.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Africa Confidential [London]. 10 May 1996. Vol. 37, No. 10. "Nigeria: Missing Person," p. 7.

_____. 2 February 1996. Vol. 37, No. 3. "Nigeria: Who's Killing Who?," pp. 1-2.

Agence France Presse (AFP) [Paris, in English]. 18 January 1996. "Abacha's Son Dies in Plane Crash 17 Jan." (FBIS-AFR-96-012 18 Jan. 1996, p. 37)

_____. 18 January 1996. "Urgent." (NEXIS)

The Associated Press (AP). 27 January 1996. "Crashed Jet Was Overloaded." (NEXIS)

_____. 22 January 1996. PM Cycle. Frank Aigbogun. "Report Blames Pilot Error for Abacha Crash." (NEXIS)

_____. 19 January 1996. Frank Aigbogun.

BBC World Service [London, in English]. 20 January 1996. "Nigeria: Activist Fawehinmi Denies Links With Explosions." (FBIS-AFR-96-014 22 Jan. 1996, pp. 23-24)

_____. 19 January 1996. "Nigerian Opposition in U.S. Claims Responsibility for Plane Crash." (FBIS-AFR-96-013 19 Jan. 1996, p. 20)

Radio Nigeria Network [Lagos, in English] 20 January 1996. "Nigeria: Investigations Into Presidential Plane Crash Begin." (FBIS-AFR-96-014 22 Jan. 1996, p. 24)

West Africa [London]. 29 January-4 February 1996. No. 4084. "Nigeria: Campaign of Terror," p. 149.