I Have No Regrets Working With Abacha, Says Al-Mustapha

 

Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former aide to General Sani Abacha, says he has no regrets working with the late military dictator. 

Al-Mustapha who is the presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2023 general election made the declaration on Friday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“I have no regret, once you join the military, you should be open-minded to work anywhere,” Major Al-Mustapha proclaimed.

He added that “you could be posted to the north-pole, you could be posted ton the south-pole and you can be in the worst part of the world or worst part of the country, it is experience.”

“I have had my personal destiny and my personal destiny took me to where I served, all I want is – wherever you send me to, I will serve and you will see the distinct difference and I will leave it there for younger generations to come, to learn there from and to enhance the professionalism and status of the service I belong to.”


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While disclosing that he never canvassed to be posted anywhere, Major Al-Mustapha said the army saw in him something valuable and posted him to all the places he worked including in the office of the late head of state where he stressed that his life was laid down there and sacrifices were made for the nation, most of which are indelible in the annals of Nigerian history.

Al-Mustapha, however, emphasized that he would not want to focus solely on his work with Abacha, but would rather look at how he has given his life in service to the nation, and how he is still longing to render selfless service to the country, via politics.

According to him, it is the loyalty to Nigeria that has buoyed his spirit and inspires him to run again for the position of president come 2023.

“I decided this time around to answer to the calls of many Nigerian elders and younger ones from the North to the South and numerous associates with whom I have worked with, to accept the call and to contest.

“The passion we have for this country is much more in the sense that the challenges we face yesterday and the deep appreciation for where we are today, is for only those who truly care.

“It is that sense of awareness, that commitment driven by the energy of patriotism that brought us to the fore to face politics, ” Major Al-Mustapha explained.

While reaffirming that he is not in the presidential race for financial gains as some would infer, the Action Alliance’s flagbearer said numerous data show that Nigeria is a very bad place at the moment and as such, committed Nigerians are needed to reposition the nation.

“For the last seven years since I came out of prison, we have been undertaking researches in and out of Nigeria, and our findings are extremely disturbing.

“What every committed Nigerian should do right now is to understand the enormity of the problems facing Nigeria,” the AA presidential candidate opined.

Adding that “the new world order is changing and we are not changing, the world is running with the moon and we are not, people are flying with the wind and we are not; time has changed and we remain stagnant.”

Loyalty To Nigeria Is Reason I Want To Become President, Al-Mustapha Declares

 

The Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd) has said that his loyalty to Nigeria is the reason he is again running for the position of president come 2023. 

Al-Mustapha who is presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) stated this on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“I decided this time around to answer to the calls of many Nigerian elders and younger ones from the North to the South and numerous associates with whom I have worked with, to accept the call and to contest.

“The passion we have for this country is much more in the sense that the challenges we face yesterday and the deep appreciation for where we are today, is for only those who truly care.

“It is that sense of awareness, that commitment driven by the energy of patriotism that brought us to the fore to face politics, ” Major Al-Mustapha asserted.


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While reaffirming that he is not in the presidential race for financial gains as some would infer, the Action Alliance’s flagbearer said numerous data show that Nigeria is a very bad place at the moment and as such, committed Nigerians are needed to reposition the nation.

“For the last seven years since I came out of prison, we have been undertaking researches in and out of Nigeria, and our findings are extremely disturbing.

“What every committed Nigerian should do right now is to understand the enormity of the problems facing Nigeria,” the AA presidential candidate opined.

Adding that “the new world order is changing and we are not changing, the world is running with the moon and we are not, people are flying with the wind and we are not; time has changed and we remain stagnant.”

Speaking on his relation with General Sani Abacha, Al-Mustapha said he has no regret working with the late military dictator.

“I have no regret, once you join the military, you should be open-minded to work anywhere.”

The retired major said it was his personal destiny that took him to where he served and that wherever he went to, he served with great diligence, leaving records that are indelible for generations to see.

Al-Mustapha, however, noted that he would not want to focus solely on his work with Abacha, but would rather look at how he has given his life in service to the nation, and how he is still longing to render selfless service for the country.

Al-Mustapha To Drag Obasanjo To Court Over Letter To Jonathan

hamza al mustaphaFormer Chief Security Officer to former Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha on Friday said that he is considering instituting a legal suit against former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

This is over the letter the former president wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan accusing him of training snipers for the President.

He made the comment in Kaduna while speaking to journalists after he withdrew a suit he filed at an Upper Sharia Court against a prominent Islamic preacher in the state, Sheik Sanusi Khalil, who also accused him in December 2013, of training snipers for President Jonathan.

He said that he would take action on Obasanjo’s letter at the end of the investigation launched by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the matter.

Commenting on the current spate of bombings in the country, Al-Mustapha said that Nigerians must join forces on the war on terror, describing the recent bomb blast in Jos, Plateau State and Nyanya in the nation’s capital where hundreds of people were killed as very disheartening and disturbing.

Major Al-Mustapha also said that the Nigerian military is capable of winning the war against terror.

Al-Mustapha Sues Islamic Cleric Over Defamatory Comments

hamza-al-mustapha.jpg-channelsAn Upper Sharia Court in Kaduna State will on May 22 hear a suit brought before it by the former Chief Security Officer to the former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, against a Kaduna based Islamic preacher, Sheikh Sanusi Khalil, challenging the latter’s allegation that he was training snipers in South Korea that will eliminate 1,000 perceived enemies of President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 elections.   

Speaking to journalists after court proceedings, which was conducted amidst tight security on Wednesday, Al-Mustapha also challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to a public debate to prove that he was training snipers that would execute purported enemies of President Jonathan ahead of 2015 elections, alleging that the former president masterminded the torture he went through during his incarceration.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Sadau Garba, the former CSO accused the Islamic preacher of defamation and character assassination as contained in his Friday sermon sometime in December 2013, where he alleged that Al-Mustapha was given the contract to train 1,000 snipers for President Jonathan and wants the Sheik to prove his allegation before the court.

He stated that the Islamic preacher went further to put the defamatory words on both CD and DVD plates, selling them to the public within and outside the country; an act he said contravened the provision of Section 137(1) of Sharia Penal Code, 2002 of Kaduna State.

While denying allegations that he was working for President Jonathan’s re-election in 2015, the former CSO insisted that he was not a member of a political party, let alone working for Jonathan or any other political group, advising that people like Obasanjo should not be trusted.

Fani-Kayode Challenges Al-Mustapha On OBJ Letter

A member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said that former Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-mustapha, has some explanation to give to Nigerians.

Mr Fani-Kayode’s challenge came in view of the former CSO’s outburst about former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, where he alleged that President Jonathan was training assassins with the help of Al-Mustapha.

The former Aviation Minister has asked Al-Mustapha to explain to Nigerians where he was on the day Obasanjo forwarded his “Before It Is Too Late” letter to the President.

In an interview with Channels Television in Kano, Fani-Kayode said that Obasanjo has no time for Al-mustapha’s invitation to engage in a public debate on the issue.

The former minister also claimed that he believed the allegation that Mr. Mustapha is being used to train snipers for political assassination, ahead of the 2015 elections.

He specifically criticised Al-mustapha on the allegations that he was explicit in the assassination of politicians and military officers during the regime of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

Fani-Kayode, who claimed that he was in Kano to consult with Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and other stakeholders on the participation of Major Hamza Al-mustapha on the crisis, also blamed President Jonathan’s administration for the current insurgency in the North and the militancy in the Niger-Delta region.

Fani-Kayode also expressed his concerns about Nigeria’s political clime if people like Mustapha are shortlisted to frustrate the opposition.

All efforts to speak with Mr. Mustapha in Kano were not successful.

Bayelsa Leaders Visit Al-Mustapha On How To Unite Nigeria

The leader of Oporoza house of Bayelsa, Timi Ogoriba, over the weekend led members of Oporoza house to a meeting with former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza al-Mustapha, in Abuja on how to further unite the country.

Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (L), Frederick Faseun , leader of Oporoza house of Bayelsa Timi Ogoriba (M) and Major Hamza al-Mustapha (R)

The leader of Oporoza house in his speech at the meeting recalled the working relationship between the north and the Izon ethnic group as he appealed to Major al-Mustapha to work towards ensuring that Nigeria becomes a better society.

He inferred that the military officer can influence the return of peace to Yobe state, which is one states currently under state of emergency due to Islamist insurgence in the north eastern part of the country.

Mr Ogoriba also affirmed that “if things become normal and peace raineth, emergency rule will be lifted.”

He added that Major Al-Mustapha has the capacity to ensure the return of peace to the state and region saying that “we know that our brother, our dear son (Al-Mustapha) has the clout and he has the wherewithal to ensure that things work on.”

How to ensure peace and the unity of Nigeria dominated discussions at the solidarity meeting between members of the Izon ethnic group and their friends from the north led by Major Hamza al-Mustapha.

Al-Mustapha, an indigene of Yobe state, was recently discharged and acquitted from a death sentence by the Appeal Court on charges of complicity in the murder of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Major al-Mustapha in his remark recounted his prison experience but pledged to unite the nation’s youths for a peaceful Nigeria, noting threats will not shake Nigeria.

“Rather we will shock-absorb threats and look at it calmly with courage, with confidence to be able to find solutions for results that are positive towards peace, particularly for the common good of our country” he stated.


Special guest at the meeting and leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Frederick Faseun restated the need for all to work for the unity of Nigeria as he pledged to work towards a united and indivisible Nigeria.

According to Dr Faseun, the victory of Major Al-Mustapha at the Court of Appeal will further unite Nigeria.

He appealed to politicians to resolve their differences so that there can peace in the country, stating that for Nigeria to have survived a civil, “nothing can divide Nigeria now.”

 

EFCC Prosecutor, Oblah, Femi Falana Speak On Freedom Of Hamza, Shofolahan

This edition of Law weekly looks at some of the issues in the court of appeal judgment which freed Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Mr Lateef Shofolahan. Both men had been handed the death sentence for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.

Mr Femi Falana shares his perspective on the lessons from the judgment and one of EFCC’s foremost prosecutor, Mr Godwin Obla speaks about the challenges of prosecution in Nigeria and other issues.

Reactions are still trailing the July 12 judgment of the court of appeal which quashed the death sentence passed on major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former chief security officer to late general Sani Abacha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, the former aide of the late Kudirat Abiola.

A senior advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana also shares an interesting perspective to the matter.

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.

Al-Mustapha’s Death Sentence: Late Application Frustrate Appeal Hearing

The expected hearing of the appeal instituted by Major Hamza Al-mustapha, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, against the death appeal was on Monday stalled at the Court of Appeal in Lagos.

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, an aide to the widely acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola, are appealing a death sentence passed on them by Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court, for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, the wife of Chief Abiola.

Their appeal on the death sentence could not be heard after the counsel to the Lagos State government, Femi Adamson informed the appellate court, presided over by Justice Chuma Nweze, that he had an application for extension of time to enable the state government file its respondent’s brief of argument.

While apologising for the late filing of the said application, Mr Adamson, who is an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, explained that it was due to hitches beyond his control.

Counsel to the convicted CSO, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Daudu (SAN) said even though he would not be opposing the application, he complained that the development was not fair in its entirety.

Counsel to convicted Shofolahan, Mr Olalekan Ojo also expressed displeasure over the application.

In its reaction the appellate court held that the attitude of the Lagos State government in its approach towards the hearing of the appeal was not encouraging.

“Gentlemen, as you can see, it is not the fault of the court not to hear the appeal……Counsels should desist from the attitude of filing applications late in any case,” Justice Nweze emphasised.

After granting the application of the Lagos state government for extension of time, the court adjourned hearing of the appeal to the 30th of May and directed the state to serve the second applicant’s counsel the respondents brief of argument having served same on the first applicant just before the court sat.

Both Al-mustapha and Shofolahan were arraigned in October 1999, on a four count charge of “conspiracy and murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola on June 4, 1996” along the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.

Alhaja Kudirat was murdered for her activities in ensuring that her late husband, Chief Moshood Abiola reclaimed his mandate after his detention for proclaiming that he won the June 12, 1993 Presidential elections.

On the 30th of January, 2012, Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan were convicted and accordingly sentenced to death by hanging until they are confirmed dead.

The appellants are however challenging the death sentence. While Al-Mustapha has filed four grounds of appeal, Shofolahan filed five.

The duo argued that the trial court erred in law when it arrived at the conclusion that they conspired to kill late Kudirat Abiola.

They both urged the appellate court to entertain their appeal, set aside the judgement, and discharge and acquit them of conspiracy and murder accordingly.

Al-Mustapha’s mother dies at 67

Hajiya Fatima Al-Mustapha Nguru, mother of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to the late head of state General Sani Abacha has died.

She passed away at a hospital in Kano on Wednesday at the age of 67 after a protracted illness.

Her funeral prayer was held at the family residence on Lamido Crescent area of Kano metropolis after which she was buried at Kofar Mazugal cemetery in Kano city at around 5:30pm.

The deceased was survived by 10 children including Major-General Al-Mustapha and many relatives.

Bereaved family members seen in tears refused to talk to the press, but a close family source blamed Hajiya Nguru’s death on “accumulated emotional problems which had continued to worsen” since her son, Al-Mustapha, was imprisoned more than 13 years ago.

Sources say her condition deteriorated after her last but unsuccessful attempt to see Al-Mustapha in prison, after he was sentenced to death in January by a Lagos High Court judge for his alleged role in the death of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in 1996.

“There wasn’t a single day that she would not discuss her son’s predicament with anybody who happened to be around her.

She always believed that her son would not die in the hands of the authorities till the day she died. She always believed her son was innocent”, the source said.