PRESS RELEASE. 21 Dec, 2010
FROM KABIRU KABO,
CONVENER, FREE HAMZA AL MUSTAPHA CAMPAIGN ORGANISATION
MAJOR HAMZA AL MUSTAPHA DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES.
FREE HAMZA ALMUSTAPHA NOW.
Today, Major Hamza Al Mustapha was discharged and acquitted of attempted murder charges by the Lagos High Court.
There was a high presence of security personnel at the court today and this made our members to be convinced that Major Hamza Al Mustapha may be released today.
There was no confirmation of his release at the end of the day but it was confirmed that he has been discharged and acquitted of attempted murder charges.
Let me use this opportunity to freshen the mind of the general public on this issue that has been lingering for over twelve years now.
According to the daughter of Major Hamza Al Mustapha in a letter written to late President Yar Ardua in April 2009, Hamza Al Mustapha was arrested in 1998.
In her words “It was on Thursday, 22nd day of October 1998 when my father was arrested for an alleged coup plot and since then it has been one charge after
another without bail” After his arrest, different ugly experiences had been
brought to the young man who was serving Nigerian Army with all his mind and
was seen as a good officer by his mates. Torture, intimidation; name it!
Hamza Al Mustapha was in Oputa Panel and discussed his stewardship to Nigeria under
General Abacha’s Dictatorship. We all heard him. Months ago, Justice Chukwudifu
Oputa himself joined the call for Hamza Al Mustapha to be free.
In the process of Campaigning for the freedom of Hamza Al Mustapha, We have had meetings with several
grassroot Nigerians to make them study deep into the on goings. If you have
questions, we will be happy to answer them
Without Knowing the details it will be difficult to make good judgment on this issue.
This has led many Nigeria to see Hamza as the only thing bad about the dictatorship of General Abacha. I
disagree completely on this. We have seen democratic government and we can
compare them in our closets.
My Questions is are; why are they still keeping this young soldier in Detention for the 13th year counting?
Why is it that politicians get bailed easily and go to court from there home while a patriotic Soldier gets to lavish in Kirikiri awaiting trial for historic 12years plus?
We Call on The Nigerian Government, the Lagos State Government and all parties involved to see to the immediate release of Major Hamza Al Mustapha and Co.
Bail, Amnesty or whatever, Hamza Al Mustapha should be free NOW!
KABIRU KABO (firstname.lastname@example.org)