By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS – The Lagos State Government, yesterday, asked a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, to re-open prosecution’s case against Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, and two others, who are standing trial over their alleged involvement in the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
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, Chief Moshood Abiola. Mrs. Abiola was killed on June 4, 1996 along the Motorways road, Alausa, Ikeja.
At the resumed hearing in the matter, yesterday, which was for the adoption of written addresses, the prosecution drew the attention of the court to a pending application to re-open prosecution’s case against the accused persons.
Al-Mustapha’s counsel, however, expressed surprise at the prosecution’s position, contending that the defence was onlly served with the application at about 3: pm on Wednesday, wondering why the prosecution chose a day before adoption of written addresses to file the application.
The defence counsel, asked for a short adjournment to enable them file a reply to the said application.
The trial judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, subsequently adjourned the matter till May 9, for hearing of the application filed by the prosecution.
The court had earlier closed the case of the prosecution, following its (prosecution) inability to conclude the testimony of the prosecution witness, DC Yusuf, a retired Commissioner of Police after several adjournments.