Kudirat Abiola’s Murder: Lagos Files Appeal Against Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan
The Lagos government on Tuesday, said that it has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal that discharged and acquitted Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Gen, Sani Abacha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan over the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court in Igbosere had on January 30, 2012 passed a death sentence on Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan after finding them guilty of the murder of the wife of the late business mogul, Chief Moshood Abiola.
But the appellate court in a unanimous decision held that the appeals of Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan succeeded and acquitted and discharged them.
The Court of Appeal in its judgment said, “The totality of the evidence of the prosecution is unreliable and has been so discredited. It is resolved in the favour of the appellant (Al-Mustapha)
But a statement by the Lagos state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye who briefed journalists at his ministry’s monthly media chart on Law and Order in the state said that the state government has appealed the judgement..
The Attorney General who refused to disclose the grounds on which the state was challenging the judgment of the appeal court, said the state took the decision after a month of thorough evaluation of the judgment and found “enough and very good grounds for appeal.”
“Having fully reviewed the decisions of the respected Justices of the Court of Appeal, it is our humble view there are strong bases for appeal which the Supreme Court of Nigeria should have an opportunity to consider,” Ipaye stated.
The Attorney General said the step the government was taking would also ensure that all issues were fully articulated and that the victim’s family, the defendants and the society were not deprived of the last window of opportunity provided by the constitution for the resolution of the case.
The commissioner added that government was committed to ensuring that law abiding residents and visitors continued to live, work and pursue their various aspirations in a safe and secure environment.
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