Kudirat Abiola's Murder: Al Mustapha Discharged and Acquitted By Lagos Court Of Appeal


Hamza Al-Mustapha

Reports coming in says that the Appeal Court in Lagos has dismissed charges of conspiracy to murder Alhaja Kudirat Abiola levelled against Retired Major Hamza Al-Mustapha.

This decision was based on the fact that no direct circumstantial evidence could be provided to state that he conspired with anyone. The Court says that the evidence provided by the prosecution witnesses were contradictory.

Justice Rita Pemu who read the lead judgment says that it certainly was not Al-Mustapha who pulled the trigger of the gun that killed Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.

Third Judge, Justice Fatima Akinbami has also agreed with the lead judgement meaning that the ruling is unanimous.

The court awaits the judgement on Al-Mustapha’s co-accused, Lateef Shofolahan.

The duo of Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan had appealed against the judgment of a Lagos High Court which sentenced them to death for the June 4, 1996 murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the deceased winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court had found them guilty of the offence, and accordingly convicted and sentenced them to death by hanging.

Counsel to the appellants had however, appealed to the Court of Appeal, 24-hours after the sentence of the convicts.

In the notice of appeal, the appellants contend that the death sentence handed by the lower court was unwarranted, unreasonable and a manifest miscarriage of justice.



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Pius Freeman 2013-07-13 01:54:39
Hmmm... Hmmmm... Hmmmmm... Only in 9ja,na wa ooo... God go help us

Justice 2013-07-13 05:08:13
Nija law is for the poor.

Tyteegal 2013-07-13 06:07:40
As soon as they took the case to Appeal Court, I knew they were up to something. Ήм̣̣̥̇̊мм̣̣̥̇̊‘♌⌣ .̮ ⌣♌Ήм̣̣̥̇̊мм̣̣̥̇̊” it is well. The one where go vex me na when dem go commot dis guy as political candidate. God dey!

Jennyzee 2013-07-13 06:54:44
Na wa o! 9ja may God help our rulers...How can he freed after he has done? & d only one dat dey would have used to nail him, dey just allowed to slip..SMH. & thinking about it, I have a feeling it has something to do wit d boko cease fire, I think its an agreement(cease fire & we will release ur boy or release our boy & we would cease fire)

Galadima 2013-07-13 07:53:56
See person wey dey for prison for more than a decade.His cheeks are bigger than some outside..madness!

Sas 2013-07-13 11:28:18
Is so bad for 13 yrs in jail

Darlington 2013-07-13 21:32:42
I just wanted to know how much this judge was paid.

Bash 2013-07-13 22:20:49
A man of God. God promises to be with him at all times.

Slim FitS 2013-07-14 05:37:25
He wasn't guilty of d offence that is why he free. If he pain u make u file another case against am if only u worth it or else go hug transforma wen get beta current

Slim FitS 2013-07-14 05:37:29
He wasn't guilty of d offence that is why he free. If he pain u make u file another case against am if only u worth it or else go hug transforma wen get beta current

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