Major Al-Mustapha, the recently released Chief Security Officer to the late Head-of-State, General Sani Abacha, has been confirmed as still servicing in the Nigerian Army.
Speaking at a briefing by the joint security information committee, the Director of Army Public relations, represented by his Chief of Staff, Colonel Joe Agim, confirmed that Major Al-Mustapha is still enlisted in the Nigerian Army and the Army is still contemplating on whether or not to promote and retire him.
“With regards to Mustapha’s release, well, I want to confirm that he is still in the army.” The Spokesman said.
“The case is going to be handled by the army administratively in line with the harmonised terms and conditions of service.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Executive Council met yesterday to review the Court of Appeal judgment, which on Friday quashed the conviction of Al-Mustapha and his co-accused, Alhaji Lateef Sofolahan over the murder of late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
The state Ministry of Justice, headed by Mr Ade Ipaye, was mandated to study the judgment and decide if there was any need to lodge an appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal with the Supreme Court.
Special Assistant to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Legal Matters, Mr Lanre Akinsola said:
“The position of the Lagos State Government is that we are reviewing the judgment to see whether there is a need for us to appeal same. If we feel there are grounds to appeal, we will certainly do so. We have 90 days to study the judgment before appealing.”
He said: “The Lagos State Government would look critically into the judgment, after which the right decision would be made.
“As a government, we are going to study the judgment and from there, we will take (a) decision on what next to do. We are convinced that he has a case to answer; that was why we prosecuted him. There is need for us to study the judgment to know what to do.”
Major Al-Mustapha and Lateef Sofolahan had been incarcerated for about 14yrs before Friday’s Court of Appeal decision.
Please find below a Youtube video of the army press briefing.