Channels Book Club: Son Of Late M.K.O Speaks On Books, Languages And More

channels book clubThis episode of Channels Book Club featured a linguist with love for the world and diversity of languages, Jamiu Abiola, who speaks over 11 languages and wrote his first book, ‘Realistic Hopes’ in Arabic before translating it to English.

Jamiu, who is also the son of two political icons, the late Kudirat and MKO Abiola, discussed his book, his love for languages and a few other interesting things.

Also, veteran actor and an advocate of Tourism Reformation in Nigeria, Mr Femi Robinson who played the role of headmaster in the successful television drama series of the eighties titled, ‘The Village Headmaster’

Mr Robinson has written a number of books and he joined to discuss his writings and some of his current interests.

Army Denies Reported Promotion For Al-Mustapha

The Nigerian Army has disociated itself from reports in some section of the online media of plans to decorate the recently released chief security officer to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha with the rank of a brigadier general.

According to the Director of Army Public Relations Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, there is no truth to the report even though Major Al-Mustapha is still enlisted in the Nigerian army.

According to him  ‘The Nigerian Army as a professional force, will be guided by all administrative procedures guided by extant administrative rules and regulations in the handling of  the status of Major Al-Mustapha such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria harmonized terms and conditions of service amongst others.

The Nigerian Army had earlier confirmed claims by Major Hamza Al-Mustapha that he remains a personnel of the Nigerian Army, but did not say if his status will be upgraded from the rank of a Major in the Nigerian Army.

Al Mustapha who was incarcerated for 14 years while on trial for the murder of late Kudirat Abiola the wife of Chief MKO Abiola.

The Appeal Court in Lagos dismissed charges of conspiracy to murder Alhaja Kudirat Abiola levelled against the former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

The Court in a unanimous decision ruled that there was no direct circumstantial evidence that he conspired with anyone as evidence of prosecution witnesses in that regard were contradictory.

Justice Rita Pemu who read the lead judgment held that there was no direct circumstantial evidence that he conspired with anyone as evidence of prosecution witnesses in that regard were contradictory.

She further held that based on facts and evidence before the court, it is certainly not Al-Mustapha who pulled the trigger and murdered Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.

The Court holds that he is liable to be discharged and acquitted.

The duo of Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan had appealed against the judgment of a Lagos High Court which sentenced them to death for the June 4, 1996 murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the deceased winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

Judge Withdraws From Al-Mustapha’s Appeal

Justice Ibrahim Saulawa of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, has withdrawn from the three-man panel and declined hearing an appeal filed by Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan, challenging a death sentence against them.

A High Court had sentences Al-Mustapha to death by hanging

The matter, which was scheduled on Thursday for arguments by parties, could not continue as the presiding Judge declined hearing for personal reasons.

Justice Saulawa told the appellants’ counsel that he could only assist them in recording a further date for arguments, but will not participate in hearing the main appeal.

He therefore adjourned the case to June 10 for hearing.

Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to late Sanni Abacha, and Mr Shofolahan, former personal assistant to Kudirat Abiola, are challenging their death sentence by a Lagos High Court.

The convicts were sentenced to death on January 30, 2012 by Justice Mojisola Dada, for conspiracy in masterminding the murder of late Kudirat.