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Al-Mustapha’s case adjourned till Jan 30

By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
LAGOS—A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Thursday, adjourned till January 30, 2012, for judgment in the murder charge, against embattled former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to late Military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha.

Al-mustapha is being prosecuted by Lagos State Government over the murder of late Kudirat Abiola in Lagos on June 4, 1996.

He is standing trial alongside protocol officer in the MKO Abiola campaign organisation, Alhaji Lateef, Shofolahan.

Trial judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, adjourned for judgment, shortly after counsel in the matter argued and adopted their written addresses.

Defence counsel, adopting their address, urged the court to commit the credibility of all the prosecution’s witnesses to scrutiny having been dented by numerous contradictions.

Defence argued, “any diligent prosecution would go the extra mile to confirm whether Shofolahan actually worked as a protocol officer in the campaign organisation of late MKO Abiola.”

Citing many Supreme Court decisions on criminal matters to back its argument, defence contended that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused persons, as killers of late Kudirat Abiola, adding that, “The issue of contradiction on the part of the prosecution witnesses makes it terribly bad. Despite of the inconsistencies manifest in the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, the prosecution did not make any attempt to declare any of them as hostile witnesses.”

 


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