30th January, 2012
The daughter of the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Hafsat Abiola Costello, has reacted to the death sentenced passed on the man who masterminded the murder of her mother, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha.
The former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the late General Sani Abacha and Lateef Shofolahan, Kudirat’s aide, were this afternoon sentenced to death by hanging, by a Lagos High Court, for their roles in the murder of the wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola.
The judgement was delivered by Justice Mojisola Dada amidst tight security.
Hafsat reacted happily to the judgement on her facebook page, describing it as justice for her mother at last.
She wrote,”God doesn’t sleep. Justice for my mum at last. So happy.”
The court held that from the evidence before it, it was established that Al-Mustapha gave arms and ammunition to Sergeant Barnabas Jabila a.k.a. Sergeant Rogers, from Abuja to Lagos and provided logistics from Abuja to Lagos to meet Shofolahan to murder Kudirat Abiola.
In the judgement which lasted about eight hours, Justice Dada said the evidences provided by the prosecution were manifestly reliable and that the defendants murdered Kudirat Abiola.
She said the prosecution has proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt.
Reacting to the verdict, the lead counsel to Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan, Mr. Olalekan Ojo said his clients will appeal the judgement.
Al-Mustapha’s supporters who besieged the court were confused and speechless after the eight hour judgement was delivered.
The convicts were whisked away by security agents after the judgement was delivered.