The question I continuously asked since last Friday when Major Hamza Al-Mustapha was discharged and acquitted by the Court of Appeal is: why is it so unimaginable to think that Al-Mustapha had nothing to do with the assassination of Kudirat Abiola?
It has always been my believe that the man was innocent. This is because I rather take the words of Al-Mustapha than that of the corrupt, evil and morally bankrupt individuals that ran the Obasanjo Administration. It this Obasanjo Administration, an Attorney General of the Federation, who was a member of an opposition party, Chief Bola Igie and a prominent chieftain of another opposition party, Harry Marshall were both assassinated among others. Both assassination were also poorly investigated that nothing came out of. The corrupt and compromised Obasanjo Administration cannot claim to love Kudirat Abiola so much as to genuinely go after her real killers.
Al-Mustapha was declared innocent by not just a competent court, but an higher one made up of three Justices of which there was no dissenting judgment. And from a legal perspective the judgment was flawless and without any political consideration.
It is trite law that before a man can be convicted for an allege offence, the said offence must be proved beyond reasonable doubt. Meaning that the court must be convince that it is that person and no one else committed the offence. And the court can only arrive at that decision only base on evidence presented before it by the prosecution.
The High Court in Lagos erred completely in convicting Al-Mustapha, this is why the Justices of the Court of Appeal strongly condemned the earlier decision. Justice is a two way thing and conviction in courts is not base on newspaper reports, but rather, it must be base on facts and evidence before it.
My respond to those who wonder why I’m happy that Al-Mustapha was freed is that: My heart is free from evil, hatred and bigotry, that why I’m happy that an innocent man was freed from incarceration after 14 years of suffering for a crime the Court of Appeal have declared him innocent of committing. Full Stop.
My candid advice to those who harbour unkind things in their hearts towards some section of people in this country is that: do not let your dislike for a people prevent you from being just.
Igho Hakeem Ohwojeheri