The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has hailed the decision of Lagos State Ministry of Justice to appeal against the ruling of the Appeal Court which discharged and acquitted Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan of the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola at the Supreme Court, saying it gives a renewed hope for equity and justice.
In a press statement issued by the Kwara State coordinator of OPC, Salam Maruff Olanrewaju and made available to journalists in Ilorin, the state capital on Thursday, the organisation hailed the Lagos State government for sustaining its resolve to pursue the course of justice.
“If a calibre of high personality like Alhaja Abiola was murdered just like that without bringing the perpetrators to justice, it obviously shows that something is seriously wrong with our judicial system and that the entire system needed to be restructured,” he said.
OPC recalled that Major Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, was incarcerated by General Abdulsalami Abubakar and about three heads of state/presidents for over 14 years before he was allegedly set free President Goodluck Jonathan through the courts “in order to get northern people behind him for 2015 election.
“The freedom of Al-Mustapha is nothing but purely political arrangement for political reasons,” it said.
“If the court which is referred to as last hope of common man turned out to be an instrument for politicians in order to achieve their selfish aims and objectives, it means the country is heading for disaster,” he said.