Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, informed a Lagos High Court that he was in possession of video evidence of how the late Gen. Abacha and Chief Moshood Abiola were killed. Al-Mustapha has been on trial for more than 12 years. He and Lateef Shofolahan are being prosecuted by the Lagos State Government, for their alleged involvement in the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
The former CSO, who was led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, wept when he told Justice Mojisola Dada that he had both the audio and video evidence on how Gen. Abacha and Abiola were allegedly murdered.
He told the court that former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, was afraid he would make the information at his disposal public, hence he wanted him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
He said: “My incarceration was as a result of a script written and acted out by former Head of State, General Abubakar to further keep me in prison.
“First were the events that happened after the murder of General Abacha and late Chief MKO Abiola and for fear that I may divulge information that led to their death, they had to keep me in prison.” He further told the court: “There is documentary evidence to show that shortly after the death of late Abiola, the then Head of State (allegedly) ordered that various sums of money be withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria,” he said. He told the court that $200 million, GBP75 million and N500 million were allegedly withdrawn from the CBN to appease South West leaders and douse tension that arose after the death of Abiola.
He told the court that all visitations to the late Abiola were on tape, disclosing that some people after visiting Abiola would come back at night to the Presidential Villa to speak against him.
How I made Abdulsalami Head of State: “I am an officer who is being persecuted. After the death of Abacha so much happened within three days and the country was without a President or Vice President. The then Vice President, Lt Gen Diya, was imprisoned for staging a coup. Many senior officers wanted to become Head of State, but God gave me the wisdom and I assisted General Abdulsalami Abubakar to become President. But, this is the price I am paying for my loyalty and for assisting him,” he said.
Al-Mustapha added that he did not order Sergeant Barnabas Jabila Msheila (alias Sgt. Rogers) to kill Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, saying: “On several occasions I assisted the Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Mr. Kola Abiola, his personal physician, Dr. Ore Falomo and his lawyers to visit him (Abiola) in prison. Abiola would have been killed the very day Abacha died but I relocated him within the barracks and used the Strike Force to protect him from those who wanted to balance the equation.”
The case was adjourned till tomorrow, Wednesday for continuation of the trial.