Children of slain Kudirat Abiola have alleged that Major Hamza Al Mustapha k!lled their late mother, using Sergeant Rogers as the hitman.
Kudirat Abiola was assassinated on June 4, 1994 in Oregun – Ikeja area of Lagos by suspected agents of the then maximum military dictator, late General Sani Abacha over her struggle for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election adjudged to have been won by her Philanthropist husband and politician, MKO Abiola.
In a press statement issued and signed on behalf of her siblings, Khafila Abiola faulted the report in which Major Hamza Al-Mustapha accused Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of instigating
Sergeant Rogers to falsely claim that he was behind the assassination of the late wife of the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election.
The children recalled proceedings of the Oputa Panel where Sergeant Rogers freely stated that he assassinated the woman and attempted to murder Senator Abraham Adesanya and Chief Alex Ibru, late Publisher of The Guardian newspaper, based on the instructions
given to him by Major Al-Mustapha.
They noted that evidence of Sergeant Rogers was not challenged by
Al-Mustapha and his lawyers at the Oputa Panel and that the Lagos State High Court convicted and sentenced the armed agents of Al-Mustapha
to imprisonment for the attempted murder of Senator Abraham Adesanya.
The statement reads:
“The Lagos State High Court also convicted and sentenced Al Mustapha and his accomplices to death for the cold-blooded murder of our mother. Their subsequent acquittal by the Court of Appeal was most likely politically motivated.
“The appeal filed against the
judgment is currently pending at the Supreme Court.
“However, Al-Mustapha may be counting on the pervasive culture of impunity in Nigeria to not only attempt to deny his dastardly role in the assassination of a defenceless woman; but to also now contemplate running for office, along with Mohammed Abacha, who was alleged to have provided his driver to convey the assassins to carry out the mission.
“Impunity lays waste to the promise of the democracy for which our dear mother paid the ultimate price. As those that oversaw her assassination now seek to rewrite the history of what they did, we are forced to seek justice for our beloved mother within a jurisdiction not for to the political games that hold sway in Nigeria.
“Justice may be delayed but it must not be denied,” the statement reads.