The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, on Saturday said it was dissatisfied with the Court of Appeal judgment that exonerated Major Hamza Al-Mustapha from the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Friday discharged and acquitted Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Sofolahan of the murder charge.
Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, and Sofolahan, Kudirat’s aide, were sentenced to death by a Lagos High Court on January 30, 2012.
Kudirat was a wife of late business mogul and politician, Chief Moshood Abiola, who was believed to have won the 1993 presidential election.
She was shot in Lagos on June 4, 1996.
Afenifere said in a statement: “In our opinion, the witnesses who gave evidence of the truth at the inception of the trial were instigated to contradict their evidence to render the evidence ineffective.”
The statement was signed by the Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of Afenifere, Chief Supo Sonibare.
The group said that it was convinced that Kudirat’s murder was sponsored.
The statement added: “Nigerians must remember that Kudirat and other Nigerians who were opposed to the Abacha regime were brutally butchered.
“We doubt if the law enforcement agencies will need to look for other culprits for these crimes.
“We already know who the murderers and accomplices are.”