- The Supreme Court has been urged to uphold the death sentence delivered by the Lagos State High Court against Hamza al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan for the murder of Kudirat Abiola
- The sentence had been set aside when both men were acquitted for ‘lack of credible evidence’ by the Court of Appeal on July 12, 2013
- The state government is requesting that the judgement be upheld, as it claims that the testimonies provided by its star witnesses were consistent and that the Appeal Court was wrong to discharge and acquit the two defendants
The Lagos state government has urged the Supreme Court to set aside the Appeal Court judgment which acquitted Hamza al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan of the murder of Kudirat Abiola, Premium Times reports.
The deceased was killed on June 4, 1996, in Lagos.
She was married to the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola.
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Legit.ng gathers that the state government wants the death sentence passed on al-Mustapha and Shofolahan by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State High Court on January 30, 2012, to be upheld by the apex court.
Following an order granted to the appellant by the apex court on January 12, allowing for a notice of appeal to be filed outside the time frame stipulated by law, the state government filed its notice.
According to the notice of appeal, the Lagos state government informed the court that the testimonies of its star witnesses who had confessed to the crime - Barnabas Jabila aka Sergeant Rogers, and Mohammed Abdul, were consistent.
The government declared that the Appeal Court was wrong to discharge and acquit the two defendants, as it noted that the testimonies provided by the star witnesses were not that contradictory.
Mr. al-Mustapha and Shofolahan were both sentenced to death by a Lagos State High Court for the murder on January 30, 2012.
But both men were acquitted for ‘lack of credible evidence’ by the Court of Appeal on July 12, 2013.
According to the Appeal Court judges, the testimonies of the first and fourth prosecution witnesses were irrelevant and not reliable.
However, the Lagos state government disagrees with the court’s judgement, insisting that its witness’ testimonies were detailed and not materially controverted.
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Court of Appeal in Lagos discharged and acquitted Hamza al-Mustapha for the murder of Kudirat Abiola.
The judgment overturned that of the Lagos High Court which sentenced both men to death by hanging.
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