Kudirat’s Murder: Lagos Has Not Withdrawn Appeal Against Al-Mustapha, Says Raji
The Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, Alhaji Lateef Raji has described the claim of a Lagos based public affairs commentator, Mr. Richard Akinola that the Lagos State Government has withdrawn the appeal it filled against the Appeal Court’s acquittal of Major Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer to the late Nigerian Maximum Ruler, General Sani Abacha at the supreme court as untrue.
While reacting through his Facebook timeline to the yesterday’s dramatic ruling of supreme court that exonerated Chief Bode George from the allegation of sleaze and abuse of office that had earlier made him spent three years in Ikoyi maximum prison, Akinola said the opposition has no moral right to condemn the ruling having been found wanting of interfering with the judiciary.
“If El Rufai who confessed before a Senate hearing to have given his wives, children, including underaged ones, cousins pieces of choice lands in Abuja as FCT minister, could be acquitted by court on similar charges; if the Lagos state government, in a very curious and suspicious manner, could withdraw its appeal against the acquittal of Major Al-Mustapha at the Supreme Court, thereby dancing on the grave of Kudirat Abiola, then nobody should criticise the acquittal of Bode George by the Supreme Court. It’s all balance of justice or injustice, whichever way you choose.” Akinola posited.
In his reaction, Raji said the claim of Akinola that Lagos State Government has withdrawn the appeal against Al-mustapha was emotion-provoked and far from truth. ” Point of correction, the Lagos State Government did not withdraw the appeal against Al Mustapha. The Appeal Court could only grant 30 days for appeal and the government needs more time which is why they headed for the Supreme Court.” Raji wrote on Akinola’s status update re-posted by Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye on Facebook.
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