Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Kudirat’s murder: Why court freed Al-Mustapha •Lawyers speak

By News Express on 12/07/2013

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 7,137


Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the dreaded former Chief Security Officer to late military ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, was discharged and acquitted because there is no concrete evidence linking him with the murder, on June 4, 1996, of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the deceased winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

This is the explanation given by the justices of the Court of Appeal Lagos who this afternoon dismissed charges of conspiracy to murder levelled against Al-Mustapha by the Lagos State Government, which has been prosecuting him.

The court in a unanimous decision ruled that there was no direct circumstantial evidence that he conspired with anyone as evidence of prosecution witnesses in that regard were contradictory.

Justice Rita Pemu who read the lead judgment held that there was no direct circumstantial evidence that he conspired with anyone as evidence of prosecution witnesses in that regard were contradictory. Both the presiding Judge, Justice Amina Augie, and the third Judge, Justice Fatima Akinbami, concurred with the lead judgement as read by Justice Rita Pemu.

Al-Mustapha and his co-accused, Lateef Shofolahan, had been found guilty by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. However, Al-Mustapha in his appeal described the death sentence was unwarranted, unreasonable and a manifest miscarriage of justice.

Some lawyers who commented on the Appeal Court verdict said it did not come to them as a surprise. Richard Akinnola, a lawyer who has covered the judiciary as a journalist for 31 years, said he saw it coming. According to him, “In the past two years, the campaign for his (Al-Mustapha’s) freedom has been quite vociferous. Eventually, l knew that a politically-correct judicial decision would soon exculpate him. And I say this with due respect to the Appeal court that freed him today.”

On his part, Emeka Ugwuonye, who practices both in Nigeria and the USA, correctly predicted the judgement. Addressing members of his group, the Due Process Advocates (DPA), Ugwuonye wrote this morning on Facebook: “Today, the Court of Appeal will deliver judgment on the appeal filed by Al Mustapha against the judgment of the Lagos State High Court finding him guilty and sentencing him to death.

“I wanted to alert our members to this development, particularly because it is likely that the judgment of the High Court would be reversed the judgment of the High Court, and that could mean that Al Mustapha will be set free immediately. It is not a sentimental thing. It is the law and evidence.”

Al-Mustapha’s acquittal has however generated mixed reactions among the generality of Nigerians, with many people from the North hailing the judgment and many from the South condemning it.

•Photo shows Al-Mustapha.

Source News Express

Posted 12/07/2013 8:01:07 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
EPLS hosts Young Political Aspirants Summit in Abuja...

Walking skeletons of Nigerian Military, generations of Ahab...

Expect thick dust haze across the country today:...

Anambra Govt. moves to turn Asaba Motor Park...

We’re ready to resist terror attacks on Nigerian...

Dickson hails Judiciary as APC loses at Appeal...

Melaye: Kogi Governor Bello secretly importing guns, military...

Governors raise the alarm over killer rice

Question marks on Buhari’s anti-corruption war

Police grills expatriate over alleged murder of Nigerian...

Exodus: 1.5 million dump Africa for Europe and...

Cloudy morning, sunny and hazy conditions expected today:...

 

Latest News 2019: Igbos present shopping list to Atiku How NEMA wasted N414m rice donated by China for IDPs ― Dogara Court varies Nnamdi Kanu’s bail conditions, orders Abaribe, others to forfeit N100m Traders count losses as fire razes polythene factories in Anambra Why Anambra Assembly kicked out Speaker Rita Mmaduagwu Probe Oshiomhole now, protesters tell ICPC 2019: Buhari plans to liquidate our accounts ― PDP Akeredolu: Ondo civil servants are selfish, ungrateful Lagos PDP stalwart, 1,000 others defect to APC Bus conductors endorse Buhari for 2019 Ahead 2019 elections: PDP Ghana Chapter endorses Atiku/Obi ticket Aviation security to start carrying arms

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (420,314 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (389,633 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (322,457 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (271,200 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (243,827 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (227,333 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (208,775 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (190,249 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (175,614 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (168,417 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (164,890 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (151,817 views)

 

Zenith Zero Balance First Bank banner

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (72) Business & Economy (3,789) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (960) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (566) Features (668) Global Business Monitor (309) International (2,677) Interview (166) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (33) News (40,530) Opinion (1,140) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,715) Religion (896) Sports (1,771) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera