The former Chief Security Officer to General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza al-Mustapha was on Monday sentenced to death by hanging over the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun MKO Abiola. Alhaji Lateef Shofolan was also sentenced alongside Al-Mustapha.
The case has generated a lot of fireworks over the years before it was eventually concluded on Monday.
At a point, the former CSO alleged that Bashorun Abiola and General Sani Abacha were both murdered because of the schemes and machinations that went on after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. Al-Mustapha also claimed to have video and audio evidence of his claim that both men were assassinated.
Mustapha told the court that when Chief MKO Abiola was killed, the then Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar ordered the central bank to release the sum of $ 200 million, £ 75 million and N 500 million to pacify leaders in the south west and also to ease the tension generated by Abiola’s death.
Al-Mustapha also blamed the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar for his present predicament. According to Al-Mustapha, Abubakar ensured that he was kept away so that he would not divulge any information on how Abacha and Abiola died.
In the course of the trial, the embattled former CSO also alleged that there was a plot to assassinate him and the others who were charged with him. Al-Mustapha who named the former EFCC Chairman and Action Congress of Nigeria’s presidential candidate in the plot said “Nuhu Ribadu was asked to kill us, but for Mike Okiro who was the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, we would have been killed, He saved our lives.”
“We were tortured, left in the sun for hours, they drove us roughly to prison and kept us in one outfit for months” he said.
He also told the court at a certain time that “Sergeant Rogers was put in the witness protective programme, his wife was offered a job and he got some other inducements to make him testify against me.”