Conviction Of Major Al Mustapha: Justice Has Been Done By Kayode Oladele

Al Mustapha
By Kayode Oladele

Today, January 30, 2012, a Lagos High Court, after a protracted trial occasioned by several delays largely by the Defendants, sentenced to death by hanging, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer to the late Nigerian dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha and one Lateef Shofohan. They had been standing trial   for the murder of Mrs. Kudirat Abiola, pro-democracy activist and wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election in Nigeria. In reaching this verdict, the trial Judge concluded that the evidence against the two Defendants was “so weighty that the court” had “no doubts” and therefore, found the Defendants “guilty as charged”. The judge described Al-Mustapha’s evidence as substantially self-serving and full of intimidation. “The light shines in darkness and darkness comprehends it not. Those who shed blood are those who fear death most. The defendants are accordingly sentenced to death by hanging until they are proved dead,’’ the judge further held. ”

The Kudirat Abiola’s Murder trial is one of the longest criminal trials ever experienced in Nigerian legal system lasting more than twelve years passing through five successive judges during which time the accused persons were held in jail.

The judgment is no doubt, a welcome development as both the prosecution and the defence had ample time to prepare and argue their cases. It also represents, yet, another defining moment in Nigerian criminal justice system while putting a logical conclusion to the long years of courtroom   drama, intimidation and blackmail.
 
In spite of the fact that the Nigerian criminal justice system is slow and the case lasted for several years, it is not unusual for a complex case of this nature to take a very long time to complete. Be that as it may, I have no doubt that the judgment has met the ends of justice, due administration of justice and interest of justice. Justice is the end of government, it is the end of every society, it has always been and it will continue to be until it is obtained. Everybody receives from justice in accordance with the works of our hands.

Therefore, Al Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan have been made to received their dues from justice; the crimes they committed demanded that justice be done in accordance with the law of the land and the weight of evidence against them. It is just unfortunate that human memory is very short; otherwise, I don't see how anybody would wish that they be set free from their criminal enterprise and the heinous crimes they had committed against humanity.

The lesson from this is that nobody is immune from the law and the era of sacred cow is over.
January 30, 2012.

 

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@GOD OF EDO, DAN AREWA & BOBDEE

I'm shocked that you fail to analyse the issues. Don't play the race (ethnic) card. A Hausa and a Yoruba have been convicted here. You are probably not Lawyers (or not reasoning like one) hence your misdirection can be excused. SADDAM HUSSEIN did not hold a MURDER WEAPON or personally KILL ANYBODY, yet he was convicted & EXECUTED! @Bobdee - READ THE FACTS OF THE CASE!

If ABACHA was alive today he would have been charged for International crimes, that is, until GOD summarily dealt with him. Are you defending the same AL-MUSTAFA, the once dreaded bully and terror? DIYA (who was once the number 2 man) also FEARED AL-MUSTAFA! At the time, FEARING AL-MUSTAFA WAS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM. Unfortunately for AL-MUSTAFA, ABACHA was not at the TRIAL to defend WHETHER AL-MUSTAFA ACTED OF HIS OWN VOLITION or CARRIED OUT HIS INSTRUCTIONS. That he carried out instruction is nothing but PURE CONJECTURE. NO ETHNIC (RACE) CARD PLEASE! Good piece by the way.

justice denied for one is same for all

I was wondering how the judge came to a conclusion that the prosecution has proved its case beyond resonable doubt, before the sentence was handed out. The prosecution is unable to: provide the murder weapon, get Al mustapha to make a voluntary confession, link him to pulling the trigger, but was found guilty of first degree murder. i understand conspiracy to commit murder, assisted murder, breach of trust. but murder on first degree, no. JUSTICE Mojisola or whatever her name is needs to get back to school. she must have been a failed legal practitioner in her private practice

Al Mustapha you may have the last word on this verdict!

The bearing of this trial and the conviction of Al Mustapha lies on the Nigerian legal system. I doubt wholeheartedly that justice have been served. Al Mustapha and his co-defendant I believe were used as a scapecoat to appease the Yorubas and the Nigerian political heavyweights. Remember during the "trivial" trial, Al Mustapha ratted on many of those who partake on the events leading to the demise of MKO and Kudirat. The revelations did not sit well with those who were exposed. Thus this conviction is politically motivated. It is a means to finally put an end to Al Mustapha and not allow him to further expose the devilish and evil deeds of those who are running Nigeria aground.
I do believe that if the convictions were upheld after the appeal process, this might not be the end of it all. Al Mustapha will have the last word even if he is put to death.Remember this is Nigeria we are talking about!

U DESERVE IT

IT TOOK A LONG TIME FOR THIS CASE TO BE RULED,AT LAST ITS HERE. HE WHO CAN TAKE ANOTHERS LIFE SHOULD ALSO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO DIE,LET HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS FEEL THE PAIN HE HAS BESTOWED ON OTHER FAMILIES. BASTARD

MUSTAPHA RIP

SO ROGERS KILLED KUDI BUT MUSTY WILL BE HANGED. THE LAW IS NOT ONLY AN ASS BUT ALSO A FUCKING DICK.

MUSTAPHA RIP

SO ROGERS KILLED KUDIRAT BUT MUSTY WILL BE HANGED. SO THE LAW IS NOT ONLY AN ASS BUT ALSO A FUCKING DICK.I HOPE THE KILLERS OF BOKO HARRAM LEADER WILL ALSO FACE JUSTICE SO THAT WE CAN BE FREE FROM THESE PEOPLE TERRORISING US.

Hypocrites in arewa...

If yhu were asked wat is hypocrites jst say AREWA
and should not blame the judge but our arewa leaders esp(abdusalam abubakar)

These is injustice (Abacha family should be sentence

Every one is happy that poor Al Mustapha is made to pay for sin committed by Abacha & his co-hurted family , where are abacha son , daughter, wife ( 1st lady ), are they not also responsible for the crime done agaist innocent nigerians , just look at Egypt (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16429694 ) 'M not happy with Nigeria Judicial system , untill Abacha family members are made to face crime committed by them , then justices are fair, AL mustapha is just a common boy dying for the sin done by Abacha family has no effect on the death of Abiola wife , i 'll be very happy if Abacha children or wife are sentences to death too then justices is done to Mrs. Kudirat Abiola

I think if anybody sympathize

I think if anybody sympathize for mustapha they should summit their selves for hanging who knows maybe they are behind d killing of innocent nigerians been killed by so called boko haram

one down more to go

Too much for you northerners to swallow?! take play, una never hala! Why hang the stupid malo? Feed him to the lions in the zoo and save the burial cost. Start living by the rules of the land or declare your arewa mollah republic. Useless lots!

@idbo boy,you fucking cock

@idbo boy,you fucking cock sucking bastard.who the fuck is complaining about dis bulshit.your mom is a hoe thats y ur sayin dis.ur a fucking guy bastard

@that igbo boy

@that igbo boy,you fucking cock sucking bastard,who the fuck is complaining about dis bulshit. in fact go and cry to your hoe mother.

Northerners are Hypocrites,stop the blame on Judiciary

Why are northern sympathizers playing the victim? You call for one Nigeria yet you feel the Nigerian constitution does not apply to you? AREWA sympathizers should hold Abdulsalam accountable for the judgement upon Al Mustapha and not the Judiciary. How many of you lot paid Kudirat's family,condolence visit after her assassination? Same People that were supporting Turai Yar Adua after she and her Northern friends held Nigeria hostage are now back to defend their fellow Fulani murderer. After SNC you all should then decide which Law will be admonished in your region. ABIOLA,KUDIRAT,ABACHA,AL MUSTAPHA all have Skeleton in their cupboard,why the brouhaha? When Abacha was busy killing those that opposed his government, you all were busy chewing pop corn in Kano and cheering him.

THANKS TO GEJ OUR

THANKS TO GEJ OUR PRESIDENT...ISN'T DEMOCRACY BEAUTIFUL