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David Attah Former Abacha press secretary dies in Jos

He died early on Tuesday, June 4, 2017 at a private hospital in Jos, Plateau state.

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David Attah, a former chief press secretary to the late military Head of State, Sani Abacha, has died aged 72.

According to a report by Premium Times, his son, Emmanuel Attah, confirmed that he died early on Tuesday, June 4, 2017 at a private hospital in Jos, Plateau state.

The former Benue state Commissioner for Information had been receiving medical treatment before his death.

In a 2012 interview with Adagbo Onoja, Attah described his experience working as Abacha's spokesman, saying, "People in government thought I was too powerful, that my image was looming large. But I said no, I had come as a bird of passage. And, that by my background, I was a stakeholder more than some of you.

"I was somebody that you gave an assignment and you could go to sleep. I could even go to Igumale (his native area in Benue State) and deploy.

"To everyone, I said, gentlemen, you don’t have to like this man called Abacha but I am involved."

Before he bacame Abacha's spokesman, the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) graduate was General Manager of the then Benue Plateau Publishing Corporation (now Nigeria Standard) and kept a column called "Thinking Aloud" in the Sunday Standard.

He was also Group Manpower Development Manager of Daily Times in Lagos.

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