The murder trial of former Sanni Abacha aide, Hamza Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan over the purported daylight murder of Kudirat Abiola, wifw of the presumed winner of Nigeria’s 1993 presidential election may not have seen its last ditch.
The Lagos State Government last Monday filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Appellate Court which discharged and acquitted the duo in the murder case of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
The former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, in recent times has been junketing round the length and breadth of the country thanking those whom he saw as fighting the cause of his release.
He is now likely to return to court soonest.
The Appeal Court, a month ago upturned the judgment of the Lagos High Court which passed death sentence on both Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye at a news conference in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos confirmed that the state government formally filed an appeal at the Supreme Court on Monday against the unanimous judgments delivered by the Appeal Court. The decision by the Appeal Court overturning the High Court earlier judgement stunned Nigerians across the World as the case of Kudi’s murder has had its importance red flag lowered for downgrading. The Supreme Court however may retrieve the credibility of the importance of the case.
Mr. Ipaye noted that the government had indeed studied the judgments delivered by the Appeal Court very closely and concluded that there were grounds for appeal.
According to the Attorney General, with the step Lagos State Government has taken, it would ensure that all issues were fully articulated and 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.
Mr. Ipaye said government was committed to ensuring that law abiding residents and visitors continued to live, work and pursue their various aspirations in a safe and secured environment.