The Lagos State Government has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Court of Appeal which discharged and acquitted Major Hamza Al-Mustpaha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, absolving them of any guilt in the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye made this disclosure while speaking at a news conference in Alausa, Ikeja. He said the state government formally filed an appeal at the Supreme Court on Monday against the two judgments delivered by the Appeal Court.
Ipaye told journalists that after a careful study of the two judgments of the Court of Appeal, the government concluded that there were grounds for appeal. He said the step was taken to ensure 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. He also pointed out that the Lagos State Government owes it as a commitment to ensure that law abiding residents and visitors continue to live, work and pursue their various aspirations in a safe and secured environment.
Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan were charged with the June 4, 1996 murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.