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Court adjourns Al-Mustapha’s trial to April

By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS  – The trial of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, and two others before a Lagos High Court  over their alleged involvement in the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola has been adjourned till April for adoption of written addresses by parties.

The matter was adjourned following the inability of the prosecution to conclude the testimony of the prosecution witness, D. C. Yusuf, a retired Commissioner of Police, after several adjournments.

At the resumed hearing of the case, yesterday, the prosecution  informed the court that Yusuf was writing exams, hence could not make it to court to continue his testimony.

The prosecution also brought another  application to bring a new witness, Solomon Karisi, a Commissioner of Police, who she said was unable to be in court due to ill health.

The defence team, however, opposed the application for adjournment on the ground that sufficient reason had not been given and urged the court to close the case of the prosecution.

The trial judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, frowned at the inability of the prosecution to produce the witnesses, noting that it appeared the prosecution was not ready to proceed with the trial and thereafter close the case of the prosecution.

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, Rabo Lawal and Mr Lateef Shofolahan are facing a two count-charge of conspiracy and murder of the wife of the winner of the annulled June 12 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola; Mrs. Abiola was killed on June 4, 1996 along the Motor ways road in Alausa Ikeja.

It will be recalled that the accused persons  have been in detention since 1999, while the matter has continued to be transferred from one judge to the other.


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