Kudirat Abiola murder: Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan know fate today

Embattled former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha and a protocol officer in the MKO Abiola campaign organisation, Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, will know their fate today, as a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, will give judgment in the conspiracy to murder and murder charge preferred against them.

Trial judge is Justice Mojisala Dada.

The court adjourned after counsel in the matter adopted their written addresses.

Defence counsel had argued that the court should commit the credibility of all the prosecution witnesses to scrutiny, having been dented by numerous contradictions.

While praying the court to ensure true dispensation of justice in the case, defence counsel argued: “Any diligent prosecution would go the extra mile to confirm whether Shofolahan actually worked as a protocol officer in the campaign organisation of the late MKO Abiola.”

According to the defence, “Murder is a very serious offence and the prosecution was not able to establish that Shofolahan was a protocol officer in the MKO Abiola campaign organisation office.”

On its part, the prosecution asked the court to take judicial notice of the reign of terror on some targeted Nigerians while late Gen. Abacha held sway as head of state and commander in chief.

Prosecution said: “My lord, the prosecution has succeeded in proving a case of conspiracy to murder and murder of late Kudirat Abiola against the defendants. I urge your lordship to convict them accordingly.”

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