The Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, has described the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday which overruled the judgement of a Lagos High Court that sentenced Major Hamza Al-Mustapha to death by hanging as giving license to killers.
National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin said this in reaction to Al-Mustapha’s discharge and acquittal in the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in 1996.
He said, “This is a shame on the criminal justice system. There have been several cases of killing without anyone being brought to book. We thought that for the first time, justice would prevail. But the spirit of Kudirat Abiola will not rest until it gets justice.”
Odumakin, however, added that the judgment was not unanticipated as the group had gathered information to that effect but hinted the judgment would be contested at the Supreme Court.
He said, “The judgment didn’t come to us as a surprise, we already read about it in Saharareporters some weeks ago. But the prosecution will be urged to go to the Supreme Court so that all justice avenues on earth would be seen to have been exhausted before we leave the issue to God.”