The former Chief Security Officer to General Sanni Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha has admitted in a Lagos High Court that he personally supplied the guns used in the killing of political activist, Mrs Kudirat Abiola, wife of denied presidential election winner in 1993, Chief MKO Abiola.
The stunning confession was made on Thursday during the court proceeding as one of the statements made on the eve of Al Mustapha’s arrest in the aftermath of the murder was allowed to be presented before the court.
As events of the court trial and proceedings get more real and heats up, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former chief security officer (CSO) , the defendant read out in court an incriminating written confession he gave to the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) in Abuja on October 13, 1999.
This development followed the admission in evidence of the statement by the court.
Justice Mojisola Dada of Lagos High Court had ruled on the motion that the statement must be read in court after the prosecution had sought for it to be presented before the court.
The Court also ruled that the prosecution could cross-examine Mustapha on the statement.
With the written confession now a major tool in the hands of the prosecution, the fate of Al-Mustapha seems to lie in the hands of the prosecution, led by Lawal Pedro, the Attorney-General of Lagos State.
In the written statement, Al-Mustapha said that he had supplied the guns that were used in the murder of Mrs. Kudirat Abiola, wife of the winner of the 1993 presidential elections, chief MKO Abiola, even though he said the guns were not meant for the political activist’s murder originally.
The development serves as a major victory for the prosecution, having driven the case to a very high point of the trial justification as Mustapha’s lawyer would have to prove that the he was not connected to Kudiratu’s murder remotely or otherwise.
In Abuja on Thursday, prosecuting lawyers and the state celebrated a temporary psychological and moral victory as many are calling for Al Mustapha’s release.
“There is the prospects for a moral victory and of course prospective justice in the trial!, a source said.