“Nuhu Ribadu Was Instructed To Assassinate Me”-Al-Mustapha Tells Court


Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer to the Late General Sani Abacha continued his testimony in his ongoing trial for the assassination of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
The video tendered by the former CSO was played in court and the video clearly showed Yoruba elders, Late Pa Abraham Adesanya, Late Chief Bola Ige and Ayo Opadokun chatting and smiling after leaving a meeting with the then Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The video also showed Pa Abraham Adesanya when he was being asked for the outcome of the meeting by journalists. The late Yoruba leader’s reply was “no agreement has been reached with the Head of State other than that he will consider the proposal before him”. And when he was asked about the Government of National Unity, Pa Adesanya agreed that there should be a Government of National Unity but said “it won’t be Abiola that will head the Government of National Unity.”
Al-Mustapha also tendered a letter as evidence. He claimed the letter, which he wrote to Chief Bola Ige was to corroborate the video and earlier testimony that the Late Ige was unconsciously used to scuttle Chief Moshood Abiola’s electoral mandate.
While giving evidence, Major Al-Mustapha 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” Al-Mustapha said.
While claiming that he was the target of a plot, the embattled Major told the court 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.”
He also denied ordering the assassination of Alhaja Kudiray Abiola. The next hearing has been fixed for Monday, 8th August, 2011.

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