By AbdulSalam Muhammada
KANO — Elder statesman and a former commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Babankowa, has said the decision of the Lagos State Government to appeal the acquittal of Major Hamza Al Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to late General Sani Abacha, may affect the newly registered All Progressives Congress, APC.
Briefing newsmen, he argued that “the steps taken by the Lagos State Government also have the capacity to rekindle distrust between the Hausa/Fulani extraction on one side and the Yorubas on the other.”
Lagos State Government, Tuesday, announced that it had filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court, challenging the acquittal of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan for complicity over the murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election, late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
Alhaji Babankowa who is a close confidant of General Muhammadu Buhari noted that “the way and manner the North received this serving military officer on his home coming and the caliber of highly placed individuals that received him in audience was instructive that the region and the silent majority are solidly sympathetic to him.
“From what I have seen so far I have no doubt in my mind that this current steps would harm relationship across boarder against the backdrop of interpretation and understanding of a layman who are simply in the majority here.
“I have seen the case file and the grouse of appeal by the Lagos State Government, it would be safe to say that they are trying to exhaust all legal means to satisfy the Abiola family in particular and the Yoruba race in general, but the danger inherent in such judicial expedition is the risk of relationship with our people”, Babankowa who discovered Tafawa Balewa’s dead body in Ogun while serving in the mobile police force stressed.