Al-Mustapha’s Witness Faults Sgt. Rogers’ Claim On Kudirat Abiola’s Murder

The intriguing drama that has trailed the trial of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha over his alleged involvement in the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola continued on Tuesday at the Ikeja High Court sitting in Igbosere. Before the court adjourned on Monday, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha had continued making revelations as he was cross-examined by the prosecuting counsel.
He claimed that apart from having to endure severe torture, his family too was made to suffer. He claimed his brother’s house was burnt. When a question was put to him about having tortured others, the former CSO denied ever torturing anybody. He even challenged anyone that could prove otherwise to come and do so under oath.
The session on Tuesday commenced with complaints from the defence counsel over what he called “sensational reporting” of the trial by the media. Justice Dada however said she did not get to read about any in the papers but mentioned a particular instance where she was misquoted on the television. She therefore urged the media to be alive to its responsibilities.
The real business of the day started when the defence called a witness, Kyari Gadzama, a former Aide de Camp to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha. The witness, who lives in Maiduguri, Borno State was a BG (Bodyguard) and a member of the Strike Force.
In the course of his testimony, Gadzama told the court that he joined the Nigerian Army as a recruit between the 13th and 17th June, 1993. He said access to the office of the Head of State’s Chief Security Officer was greatly restricted and no one was allowed entry without his name being on the list of visitors expected that day. He disclosed that even if the Chief of Army Staff came and his name was not on the list, he would be denied entry.
He said he could not recollect much about the June 12, 1993 elections because he was busy with the screening exercise for the army in Borno, his home state. He however disclosed that he remembered all that happened on June 4, 1996, the day Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was murdered.
When a question was put to him regarding why he couldn’t say much on the elections, but claims to know about the June 4 murder, he replied that he learnt of the late MKO Abiola’s incarceration and he took interest when he heard the news of the death of his wife. He also told the court that Sergeant Barnabas Jabilla aka Sergeant Rogers was with him in the armoury at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja when the death of Alhaja Kuduirat Abiola was announced on television and that Sergeant Rogers had asked him to cooperate with the panel that interrogated him. He said Rogers assured him that he would be rewarded for his cooperation.
The judge did not allow the witness to be re-examined after he was cross-examined. The court thereafter adjourned hearing to Wednesday when the defence of the second accused person, Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan is expected to begin.

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