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Court strikes out Al-Mustapha’s application

Al-Mustapha, Chief Security Officer to late Gen. Sani Abacha Lawal and Lateef Shofolahanwere charged with the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola. Kudirat, wife of the…

Al-Mustapha, Chief Security Officer to late Gen. Sani Abacha Lawal and Lateef Shofolahanwere charged with the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.

Kudirat, wife of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, late Chief M.K. O. Abiola, was killed in Lagos on June 4, 1996.

Dada struck out the separate applications on the grounds that they are not necessary at this stage of the trial.

Al-Mustapha’s application sought the court’s order to compel security agencies to release to him some documents that were taken from his residence in 1999.

Lawal’s application requested the release of a statement he made before an investigation panel in May 1999.

The judge ruled that the applicants wrongly cited section 36 (6) of the 1999 constitution which borders on fundamental rights, to support their applications.

Dada also dismissed the applicants’ prayer for a stay of proceedings in the trial.

The judge also held that the applicants could not prove their allegation of malicious prosecution.

The applicants had argued that the court should have the entire picture of the case by getting all the statements obtained from them.

The prosecution submitted that the applications are a waste of judicial time, arguing that the applicants had not shown any exceptional circumstance to warrant a stay of proceedings.