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Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan Appeal Death Sentence

01 Feb 2012

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Major Hamza Al-Mustapha


By Davidson Iriekpen


Twenty-four hours after he was sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court, the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has filed an appeal against the judgment at the Court of Appeal in Lagos.

He described his conviction as unreasonable, unwarranted and a clear travesty of justice.
In the notice of appeal, which was filed at exactly 2p.m. yesterday, Al-Mustapha wants the appellate court to set aside the judgment and discharge him of all the count charge of conspiracy to murder and murder.

Justice Dada had in a judgment which lasted for about seven hours on Monday, sentenced Al-Mustapha to death by hanging for conspiring with others to kill Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presumed winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

Justice Dada had, while handing down the verdict, held that the prosecution successfully proved that Al-Mustapha and a former protocol officer to Abiola, Lateef Shofolahan, conspired with others to kill Kudirat on June 4, 1996. 

But Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan are insisting in the notice of appeal filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, that Justice Dada erred in law by arriving at the conclusion that they conspired to kill Kudirat.

While Al-Mustapha’s appeal was anchored on four grounds, that of his co-convict (Shofolahan) was hinged on five grounds.

In ground one, Al-Mustapha submitted that the lower court erred in law by holding that the contradictions in the evidence of Barnabas Jabila (a.k.a Sgt Rogers) and Mohammed Abdul (a.k.a Katako) were immaterial, when the same judge had earlier held that both Sgt Rogers and Katako recanted their evidence-in-chief under cross-examination, and also when the prosecution had conceded in its final address that the two key witnesses were not credible, having repudiated their earlier testimonies.

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  • The evil that men do lives after them! It has turned full circle Mustapha is now desperately looking for way, through legal abracadabra, to escape the Hangman's noose.No matter how long the appeal takes will never escape the Law of Karma.He who lives by the sword WILL surely die by sword.

    From: EMMA NWARU

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • So the prosecution was able to proof beyond reasonable doubt that Al-Mustapha & Shofolahan pulled the trigger or killed Mrs kudirat in lagos.. This is a cuckoo trial.. If so, Obj should be convicted in Nigerian court law for the killings in Odi, Niger Delta..

    From: Obosso

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The concern I have is: why the Northern Traditional Leaders trying to pervert the course of justice by seeking reprieve for Al Mustapha when he has the right of appeal? I think that as decent leaders, they should allow the law to take it's course and stop playing tribalism.

    From: Tony

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Look who is talking about appeal? he does not show even a minimum remorse. how many innocent blood did al mustafa waste. i hope the appeal court confirms his execution with immediate effect

    From: daniel

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Leave Almustafa alone, justice Dada

    From: olalekun braimoh

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The judgement his bit harsh consider the length Almustpha stay in the detention, for the sake of unity of our beloved country

    From: ola

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • He who live by the sword, will surly die by the sword, if not immediately then certainlly in the nearest future.

    From: Jude Igbogho ----PHC

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • If al-mustapha is let go then the federal government will explain to the people of Niger delta what happened to our son ken Saro Wiwa or is it b/cos he was from a minority ? well God is watching. we will see if this country is owned by the hausa's

    From: chuks

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • God safe this country please if Al-mustapha should b killed i don't think we love the peace of our beloved nation.

    From: Man.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • An adage says, no offender will go unpunished. Weather coconut fall on egg or vice_vasa, Mustapha appeal or not. He is criminal and must be kill.

    From: omobola

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It will be interesting to read the judgment and see how the judge arrived at her summary, because these incidents occurred when the Nigerian Constitution was suspended and we where under the regime of rule by decree. If this judgment is upheld by the subsequent appeals then it will improve our judicial system. But for now its a shame that we still attach so much tribal sentiments to issues and that is why i am concerned with the various ethnic coloration that is being shown in public by various groups.

    From: dege

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Life is very sacrosant, any doesn't regard life should be taught a lesson that others will learn from in order to save our country's posterity.

    From: sunny chibuike

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • .....every evil done by man to man will surely be redressed if not by man then by God. Only God knows the truth, because in Nigeria everything is politicized, judiciary inclusive.

    From: Kabiru Bello

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let him die because if both of them are out again this country will not have rest of mind. please let the appeal judge pass the judgment in time

    From: Jatto adebanji

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Al- Mustapha and the greedy traitor Shofolahan deserve death but for the sake of the country intelligent service in future, Nigeria should spare him. The big WEST would reserved such deadly human being in life imprisonment for use in special deadly foreign assignment. Nigeria, beware! God will avenge for himself the death of Kudirat Abiola not man.

    From: Obagwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The truth must find its way!

    From: gudboy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • He deserve it period. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword/.....

    From: Mrs Duru

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The law must take its course because what a man sow that's what he will certainly reap. Rip Al mustapha

    From: Nwosu ifeyinwa vera

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • There is no technicality in this judgement. This is both judicial justice and moral justice. That man MUSAFA, was evil.

    From: chibu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • MUSTAPHA RECEIVED BOTH JUDICIAL JUSTICE AND MORAL JUSTICE. GOOD FOR HIM

    From: CHIBUZO

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Lets forget the past, he was under the influence of his master, though the soldiers at that time did all the atrocities because they were in power. allow the man to live and see a democratic Nigeria.

    From: anyanwu felix

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Please don't kill al mustapha.

    From: rukayya muhammad

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • He deserves to be hanged, he turned other people's children to orphan,i think his own children too should see how painful it is to live without father or mother..

    From: Alfredino

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • If al mustafa love life, then why did he destroy so many lives? Imagine him going for appeal.

    From: eteng

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The evil that men do live after them.

    From: Emmanuel makinde

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It's certain that whatsoever a Man soweth, so shall He reap. So it is time for Al Mustafa to pay for the atrocities he and his boss committed. The law should allowed to prevail.

    From: MIKE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • For God sake this judgement is too harsh, after languishing 13 years in prison...haba

    From: baba haja tsaragi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let there be peace in our nation please. they are all dead and gone.... don't take judgment in your hands.

    From: xtine

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It's a pity, justice must take place

    From: banney

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I don't think he should die because he was obeying orders.

    From: queen

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Lets God make the judgement on Al mustapha & Shofolahan.

    From: Adebesin Mutiu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • when did Nigerian court start killing people by hanging?And why it start on Almustapha? or because he is from north and a muslim?oh! Nigeria.

    From: Najashi Sabo Abubakar

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • So far they don't have regard for live, let justice take it's place.

    From: bukola yes

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • There's nothing like he was obeying orders, an evil man is an evil man. if Al-mustapha is let go, then we should all be ready in this country, because he will fully support the BOKO HARAMS. justice should prevail. no sentiments

    From: Angel Donason

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Well! the living GOD ever lives and he is not the first to die this way, but if the ijaw`s/yoruba`s think otherwise i don't blame them, the forgotten history which surely will repeat itself sometime someday. Al mustapha as a true muslim believed in the destiny which was ordained to him even before he was born. so those jubilation should know that theirs may be more worst than his. May Allah gives you a large heart to bear this as an act of God. keep ISTIGFAR.

    From: Xiroma

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Vengeance belongs to God. Although under Nigeria and man-made constitution he who kills(a fowl as tut by d murder) when he is caught deserves death. But i still maintain man should not judge man.

    From: andyson ashaka

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let Nigeria divide! Divide Nigeria for the benefit our your future

    From: Sochima

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Then man should not kill man if so & so. Why should Mustapha kill & how many people does Mustapha kiiled?

    From: Sochima

    Posted: 2 years ago

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