The late Kudirat Abiola’s children have alleged that Major Hamza Al-Mustapha murdered their mother, using Sergeant Rogers as a hitman.
According to Daily Independent, the family in a statement issued and signed on behalf of her siblings, Khafila Abiola faulted the report in which Major Hamza Al-Mustapha accused Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of instigating Sergeant Rogers, saying that he (Al-Mustapha) was behind the assassination of their mother and late wife of the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
Vice President Osinbajo was the Lagos State Attorney General who prosecuted the case against Al-Mustapha
The children recalled proceedings of the Oputa Panel where Sergeant Rogers freely stated that he assassinated the woman and attempted to murder Senator Abraham Adesanya and Chief Alex Ibru, the late Publisher of The Guardian newspaper, based on the instructions given to him by Major Al-Mustapha.
They noted that evidence of Sergeant Rogers was not challenged by Al-Mustapha and his lawyers at the Oputa Panel and the Lagos State High Court convicted and sentenced the armed agents of Al-Mustapha to imprisonment for the attempted murder of Senator Abraham Adesanya.
The rest of the statement reads, “The Lagos State High Court also convicted and sentenced Al Mustapha and his accomplices to death for the cold-blooded murder of our mother. Their subsequent acquittal by the Court of Appeal was most likely politically motivated.
“The appeal filed against the judgment is currently pending at the Supreme Court.
“However, Al-Mustapha may be counting on the pervasive culture of impunity in Nigeria to not only attempt to deny his dastardly role in the assassination of a defenceless woman; but to also now contemplate running for office, along with Mohammed Abacha, who was alleged to have provided his driver to convey the assassins to carry out the mission.
“Impunity lays waste to the promise of the democracy for which our dear mother paid the ultimate price. As those that oversaw her assassination now seek to rewrite the history of what they did, we are forced to seek justice for our beloved mother within a jurisdiction, not for the political games that hold sway in Nigeria.
“Justice may be delayed but it must not be denied.”