August 3, 2013

Maj. Al-Mustapha visits Bwari Area Council

Bwari (FCT)  – Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, who was recently discharged and acquitted of murder charges after 14 years of incarceration, on Friday, visited the people of Bwari Area Council of the FCT.

He told the Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Mr Peter Yohanna, that he came to thank the people for their support while he was in prison.

“I have come to thank you for your prayers and support while I was in prison. I thank you for the brotherhood concern you showed me.’’

The chairman thanked him for the visit and urged him to forget all that had happened and forge ahead with his life.

Al-Mustapha repeated the message at the palace of Chief Ibrahim Yaro, the Etsu of Bwari.

He said “it is a beautiful coincidence that I was arrested on Friday during Ramadan and released on Friday during the current Ramadan.’’

He added that the relationship between him and the council started 15 years ago.

“I have had a very long relationship with the council and the people of Bwari and I always cherish it.’’

At the palace of Alhaji Musa Ijakoro, the Sarki of Bwari, he said he would always remember the people of Bwari because they stood by him during his tribulations.

“I have a commitment and in the spirit of brotherhood to be identified as a citizen of Bwari’’, he added.

The Bwari traditional rulers thanked him for the visit and promised to continue to support him.

Ijakoro offered prayers and wished him success in his future endeavours.

He was accompanied by Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Abacha, their wives and associates.

Al-Mustapha was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gen. Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s Head of State from November 1993 to June 1998.

After Abacha’s death, he was arrested and tried for murder and attempted murder of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola.

On Jan. 30, 2012, a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere convicted Al-Mustapha over the murder of Kudirat and sentenced him to death by hanging.

However, he was discharged and acquitted of the crime by the Court of Appeal, Lagos division on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The appellate court said there was no sufficient evidence to incriminate Al-Mustapha in the murder of Kudirat.

The verdict overturned that of the Lagos High Court which sentenced him to death by hanging. (NAN)