Lagos Can Appeal Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan Judgment At The Supreme Court – Sagay

Al-Mustapha-ShofolahanProf. Itse Sagay said the Lagos State government can go to the Supreme Court over the appellate court’s discharge and acquittal of Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan.

Sagay, a constitutional lawyer, said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

The constitutional lawyer, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the state government reserved the right to appeal if it was not satisfied with the judgment.

According to him, in spite of the fact that the Court of Appeal in Lagos has discharged and acquitted them, only the Supreme Court has the final say.

“I have not seen the judgment, but I have seen what the press summarised and basically what I deduce from what was published is that the evidences are contradictory.

“I cannot question it because I have not seen the details of what was in favour and what was against.

“I have not read the details of the contradictions, but Lagos State Government can appeal against the judgment to the Supreme Court.

“It does not matter whether they have been discharged and acquitted by the Court of Appeal in Lagos,” he said.

Sagay expressed fears that the judgment might encourage the culture of impunity in the society.