Johnson Olalekan Ojo, lawyer to Hamza Al-mustapher  is an experienced legal practitioner  with over   two decades in practice  and he has  fought  many legal battles .In December 2010, Ojo helped  Hamza Al-Mustapha to win a protracted case of the alleged attempt to murder the late Guardian publisher Mr. Alex Ibru.

However he  lost the bid to absolve his client of  criminal responsibility on the murder of late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola. But has vowed to appeal the Lagos State High Court Verdict.

“The reaction of the 1st defendant (Al-Mustapha) in particular is that the verdict is nothing but a travesty of justice. The verdict by excellence is a travesty of justice and a confirmation to the fear of my client who had wanted the case to be heard in Abuja and not in Lagos High Court” Ojo pointed out.

Addressing newsmen after the pronouncement of the judgment in Lagos, Ojo said that Al-Mustapha had doubted the possibility of getting justice before the Lagos High Court, adding “we have come to the end of an era in this matter, which is to mean the end of the case before the Lagos High Court. We are consoled by the fact that this court is just a court to judicial hierarchy. We are definitely appealing against this unreasonable and unwarranted judgment.”

Ojo pointed out that despite difficulties in procuring records of proceeding and ruling at the Lagos High Court, they would still go ahead in filing their appeal at Appeal Court. His words: “And that is why I told the judge that I hope we won’t be subjected to such. But for whatever it is , we do not need to wait for the judgment before we shall file our appeal.”

He started  that everything from the prosecuting witnesses were justice unfavorable and stressed that the demonstration of the judgment in clear terms was a conscious or unconscious bias against the defendants.

According to him  “There was an application filed by the 1st defendant (Al-Mustapha) when the case started which he requested for a change of venue. The 1st defendant wanted the case to be heard in Abuja because if you say there is conspiracy, then certainly it started from Abuja.

“The 1st defendant has never had any iota of confidence in the Lagos High Court from the beginning. Two justices of this court, called them  criminals when they were first arraigned and some of them (defendants) have not been able to get themselves removed from that expression even before trial started.”

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