A member of the Supreme Court panel for the hearing of the appeal filed by the Lagos State Government against the acquittal of a former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has withdrawn.
The judge, Justice Centus Chima Nweze, predicated his withdrawal on the fact that he had presided over Al-Mustapha’s case at the Court of Appeal while he was serving at the appellate court before his elevation to the Supreme Court.
Justice Nweze announced his withdrawal on Thursday when the case came up.
According to him, he had participated in the hearing of the appeal by al-Mustapha at the Court of Appeal, Lagos division and that he, at some point, presided over the hearing of the case at the appeal court before another panel of the same court took over.
Ruling on Justice Nweze’s withdrawal, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, who presided over proceedings, said in view of the information by Justice Nweze, he would be excluded from the case forthwith.
The case was adjourned till January 12 for continuation.
It would be recalled that Al-Mustapha, alongside others, were arraigned before a Lagos State High Court for the murder of the wife of Chief MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola and were subsequently sentenced to death.
However, an appeal by the former CSO was allowed by the Court of Appeal which discharged and acquitted him.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
RipplesNigeria …without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: Inside UNILAG’s multi-million naira budgetary abuse and academic discord
The University of Lagos located in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, has been embroiled in controversies with allegations bothering on misappropriation of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Displaced residents of Zamfara battle hunger, as underfunding derails Nigeria’s nutrition goals
On paper, Muhammad Zayyanu is seven years old. The quiet boy who looks shorter for his age could not recollect...
INVESTIGATION: N7.3bn paid for unnamed projects; how Nigerian govt spent N2.2trn in six months
Analysing nearly 3,000 payments made by various Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over the previous six months (January...
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...