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Kudirat Abiola’s murder case: ruling on June 26

Nigeria News:


An Ikeja High Court, on Wednesday, reserved ruling till 26 June in an application brought by Hamza Al-Mustapha asking for the release of certain documents by the security agencies.

Al-Mustapha, through his counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, had argued before Justice Morenikeji Dada that the documents which he alleged were taken away from his home by some security operatives, were vital to his defence. Al-Mustapha, Rabo Lawal and Lateef Sofolahan are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder of the late Chief M.K.O Abiola’s wife, Alhaja Kudirat, who was killed in June, 1996.

The documents, according to Al-Mustapha, contain personal files, important notes and vital video clips where he was allegedly induced to make false claims. He said the documents would enable him to prove to the court that he was being witch-hunted by the prosecutor for an offence he did not commit.

Al-Mustapha had joined the police, State Security Services (SSS) and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) in the application, asking the court to compel them to release the documents. However, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Olabisi Odugbesan, argued that the documents being requested for were inconsequential to the case.

She, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the application. Odugbesan added that Al-Mustapha had no valid warrant of appeal before the court. Responding, counsel to the SSS, Mrs. Bosede Komolafe,, also maintained that the documents had no relationship with the case and, as such, the application should be dismissed.

While not denying the existence of the documents, Komolafe said they had been moved from the custody of the SSS and transferred to the DMI. NAN reports that the DMI was not represented by any counsel, but that did not deter Justice Dada from setting a date for ruling on the application.

Meanwhile, the court has also fixed 18 June, for the hearing on an application filed by the second defendant, Rabo Lawal. Justice Dada arrived at the date after listening to arguments for a convenient period by counsels to the various parties.