Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha on Wednesday tendered at a Lagos High Court a video on how the then Federal Military Government planned to douse the tension generated by the death of Chief M.K.O Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to the late Gen. Sani Abacha, said the tape captured the meeting called by the then Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on how to handle the situation.
The tape labelled “Abraham Adesanya’s visit to the villa’’ was tendered following a request by Al-Mustapha’s counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo.
Al-Mustapha, who is standing trial over the murder of Kudirat, wife of Abiola, had opened his defence on Tuesday.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Ojo had requested that the tape be played in court, but Justice Mojisola Dada objected on the grounds that the court was too stuffy.
She said she could hardly breathe because the air conditioner in the court room was not working. Dada ruled that the tape would be played on Aug. 4 at the continuation of the trial.
The defendants had brought a 24-inch Plasma TV and a 16-inch Sony TV sets which had already been connected before the judge disallowed it.
Al-Mustapha said: “I have two tapes on the visit of the Chiefs Bola Ige and Abraham Adesanya to the Presidential Villa to see Abubakar.
“Two cameras were used — one by the Nigerian Television Authority and the other by my bodyguard attached to the Villa.
Al-Mustapha also told the court that shortly after the Oputa Panel sitting in Abuja, he wrote an 11-page letter to the late Ige entitled, “How you, Chief Bola Ige was used in the murder of Abiola’’.
The former CSO also tendered a letter allegedly written by the then National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen Abdullahi Mohammed, which was approved by Abubakar, directing the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria to release huge sums of money.
The letter, which was read in court, stated that the money was needed as a result of the sudden death of Abiola and the influx of visitors into the country.
Having done so yesterday, some leaders, who were close to both the late Adesanya and Ige did not only laugh it off, they described Al-Mustapha as a “drowning man who wants to pull somebody along with him to the bottom of the ocean.
They, however, expressed disappointment that “rather than mention living persons that can defend themselves, he resorted to blackmailing the dead who cannot rise to challenge him.”