Hafsat Abiola-Costello Says Al-Mustapha Death Sentence Ruling Is "Long Overdue"-Channelstv, Lagos

Hafsat Abiola-Costello daughter of murdered Pro-Democracy heroine, Kudirat Abiola
By Channeltv

Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello, daughter of the deceased Alh. Kudirat Abiola, has responded to the death sentence ruling handed down to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha who was accused of ordering her death.

She described the sentence as a judgement for Nigerians and said it was long overdue.

Al-Mustapha, as well as Lateef Sofolahan were sentenced to death by hanging having been convicted of the murder of Mrs. Abiola, wife of Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the 12 June 1993 Presidential elections.

She'd been assassinated along the Lagos/Ibadan express way on 4 June 1996.

Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, as well Lateef Sofolahan, the protocol officer for the deceased who was accused of divulging details of Mrs. Abiola's whereabouts on the day of her murder, have both been embroiled in a 12-year-long trial.

It came to an end today when Justice Mojisola Dada in a Lagos High Court today sentenced both men to death. Hafsat Abiola says the judgement has further confirmed the judiciary in the country as the last hope of the Nigerian masses.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abeokuta, she said there had been "no doubt" of Al-Mustapha's involvment in her mother's killing, adding that it brings some closure to the family still greiving the loss.

Mrs. Costello says that life without the late Kudirat Abiola has been difficult, but adds that the family finds solace in the fact that she died in the struggle for the emancipation of the people.

In the interview, Hafsat Abiola admits that the trial had taken far too long and the 12-year-long case is said to be the longest in the nation's history.

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I am glad that justice has

I am glad that justice has finally been done in some context, but the truth of the matter is that it is unlikely only these two people were involved in this grotesque murder. There must be higher powers somewhere who must be held to account. Notwithstanding, this is a good verdict of guilt, good for Nigeria as a whole and for the future of our country if we continue on the path of accountability, law and order.

However as a staunch opponent of capital punishment - I am not a supporter of this death sentence that has been handed out. I do not believe in an eye for an eye form of justice. We can surely find better ways of punishment than the ultimate. When man takes the life of another man under any guise then it is tragic to the utmost.

Convictions are only obtained when...

...Baba Iyabo has an old score to settle. Who killed Harry Marshall, Bola Ige, Bayo Ohu ...?

Justice delayed Justice altered.....

As a minister in the temple of justice I strongly believe the Lagos High Court judge erred in law. The evidence before the court has been conflicting thus I know Asiwaju and his errand Prof. Osibanjo hatch and delivered what turn out to be the judgement. Al-Mustapha and Sofolahan cant be convicted with the evidence aduced before the court and I strongly believe in the judicial system of Nigeria the Court of Appeal will definitely look at the evidences and statements of both the prosecutor, witnesses and the defence and JUSTICE will be delivered. Capital punishment must be proven beyond all reasonable doubts, but there are lot of doubts in all the proceedings and submissions before the honorable court....not enough to convict to death!!!!

BAD AND WRONG JUDGEMENT.....

WHILE THE MAN THAT FIRED THE GUN IN LAGOS IS WALKING THE STREET FREEMAN THE MAN THAT WAS IN FAR AWAY ABUJA IS FOUND GUILTY. WHAT AN IRONY OF DELAYED JUSTICE AND AN OUTCOME TO JUSTIFY THE INJUSTICE PERPETRATED IN THE TEMPLE OF
JUSTICE.... WE LOOK UP TO THE NATION'S APPEAL COURT TO DO THE RIGHT THING!!! AL-MUSTAPHA SHALL AND MUST BE FREE. No man, with a man's heart in him gets far on his way without some bitter, soul-searching disappointment. Happy is he who is brave enough to push on to another stage of the journey.....Al-Mustapha is a matyr

NOT YET UHURU

With this kind of judgement, the judiciary can be said to be the last hope of the common man.
However with the present day realities in Nigeria, counting from the rigged elections to the fuel increament, the judiciary is still so far from the reach of the common man.
It is not yet UHURU as the high court judgement may be appealed and the judgement upturned at the supreme court. Afterall the puppets are there to do their masters bidding and nothing is impossible in NIGERIA.

This judgment will serve as a

This judgment will serve as a warning signal to members of killer squad and their masters that no matter how long it will take the long arm of the law will catch up with them

finally

"No evil deed can go unpunished,
any evil done by man to man will be redressed,
if not now,then certainly later,
if not by man then certainly by God,
for the victory of evil over good can only be temporary"
Dele Giwa

DIVIDE NOW

The whole world knows how much pain, anguish and suffering haramites have inflicted on non-haramites. Nigerians don't even know what a nation should be like again. The whole world knows Nigeria should divide and will be all too willing to help. Our ghana must go politicians should shelve their parochial interests now and commence secession proceedings immediately. How many more have to die ???

These haramites will soon start calling for the release of their fellow haramite monsters that ordered the rape and killing of the Kudirat beauty queen and so many other brilliant, noble people. Same way they released the haramite monster christmas bomber .

ALMUSTAPHA UNFAIR JUDGEMENT.

We are not fools is only ALMUSTAPHA judgement will bring hope in judicial system of Nigerian. Shame on you. What of those that kills Bola ige and the likes or becouse there Masters are alive makes their deeds good for the Nation. We are not going to be deceived with this myotic brain thought.

ALMUSTAPHA UNFAIR JUDGEMENT.

We are not fools is only ALMUSTAPHA judgement will bring hope in judicial system of Nigerian. Shame on you. What of those that kills Bola ige and the likes or becouse there Masters are alive makes their deeds good for the Nation. We are not going to be deceived with this myotic brain thought.

ALMUSTAPHA UNFAIR JUDGEMENT.

We are not fools is only ALMUSTAPHA judgement will bring hope in judicial system of Nigerian. Shame on you. What of those that kills Bola ige and the likes or becouse there Masters are alive makes their deeds good for the Nation. We are not going to be deceived with this myotic brain thought.

Finally There Is Justice For Kudirat

This is a very good ruling. There is finally justice for Kudirat Abiola.

A lot of people don't know but when Kudirat died, her youngest (me) was only nine years old.

The government at the time (headed by Abacha) acted completely irresponsibly to do such a terrible thing to an innocent woman. Hopefully this serves as a lesson that extra-judicial killings are not the way to settle political differences.

God Bless Kudirat. And your sacrifice for Nigeria will continue to bring shame to the enemies of democracy.

yet some say they want buhari

yet some say they want buhari to be president in 2015. A man who funded the project to have kudirat killed by al mustapha, while he was head of PTF. We seem to have very short memory in nigeria. Today we see shehu sani and balarabe musa protest in support of pastor imam bakares call fro regime change. But we neveer saw their legs on the streets of kano when abiola was killed with his wife by the elites who operate with the help of boko haram in the north

Pay The Minimum Wage Jonathan Or Shame On You!

And I ask here and now again: what about those who killed Bola Ige and co. during Olusegun Obasanjo's notorious regime?

rig2015electionyoudie@rocketmail.com

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