Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to the late Gen. Sanni Abacha, and Shofolahan, an aide to the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, were sentenced to death on Jan. 30, 2012.
Kudirat was a wife to the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.
Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court convicted the duo of involvement in the murder of Kudirat.
The lead judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Amina Augie, reserved judgment, after counsel to both the appellants and respondent had adopted their written briefs.
Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN), counsel to Al-Mustapha, while adopting his address, urged the court to allow the appeal and set aside the judgment of the lower court.
Daudu argued that the trial court erred in law to have based its judgment on the testimonies of Sgt. Barnabas Jabila (Sgt Rogers), PW1; and PW 2, Mohammed Abdul (Katako), which were contradictory.
“The testimonies of PW1 and PW 2 were inconclusive and contradictory.
“The court drew inferences from these contradictory statements, to establish the guilt of the appellants.
“It is my submission that those inference upon which the court based its judgment, are merely political evidence formulated by the respondent, and which the trial court ought not to have considered.
“I, therefore, urge the court to allow this appeal, and quash the judgment of the lower court,” Daudu submitted.
Mr Olalekan Ojo, counsel to Shofolahan, also aligned with the submission of Daudu.
In his response, counsel to the respondent, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgment of the lower court.
Pedro argued that apart from the evidence of Jabila and Abdul, there were other evidence from the defendants themselves, which supported the counts of conspiracy and murder.
He, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lack of merit.
Augie, thereafter reserved judgment to a date that will be communicated to the parties. (NAN)
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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