Monday, May 30, 2016

1, 000 Snipers: Al-Mustapha dares Obasanjo to substantiate allegations in open debate

Former Chief Security Officer, CSO to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has reiterated his call for a public debate, where former President Olusegun Obasanjo would come to substantiate claims in his infamous 18-page letter that he (Al-Mustapha) was contracted to head a killer squad of 1, 000 snipers for President Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 general elections, Vanguard reports.

Al-Mustapha, who addressed some select journalists in Lagos, on Monday, on some number of issues relating to his 15 years travails in detention, also debunked insinuations that ex-President Jonathan interfered with court process to facilitate his release from prisons, to enable him (Al-Mustapha) help train the ‘killer squad’ or procure Jonathan’s success in the North during the last election. Al-Mustapha said ab initio, he had no case to answer but for the plots of his persecutors to see him eliminated because he stepped on their toes while he served as the CSO to the late Head of State, Sanni Abacha, adding that the Appellate Court acquitted him when it determined that he had no case to answer of all the charges leveled against him.

He said: “Firstly, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not the one that facilitated my release. Rather, my release was facilitated by the content of the case as determined by the Court of Appeal. We were not even supposed to have been arrested in the first place. After all, witnesses were induced and contracted to implicate us. At the end of the day, we were subjected to all manner of torture and abuses of our human rights. Today, despite the fact that we were convicted on grounds that were baseless without evidence and even against the submissions of their witnesses, they did the contrary outside what was before the court of law. “So, when the Appellate Court looked at the matter in totality, we were released based on purely the rule of law. So, anybody saying Jonathan facilitated my release is either one of my persecutors or those who have taken money from them. There are public documents in the public for all to see these facts.”

Adding, he said, “On the allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that I was contracted by the Jonathan administration to train 1,000 snipers, I have challenged him to an open debate to substantiate his allegations. Obasanjo cannot go about creating an allegation that is totally false. If that assertion of Obasanjo was true, now that President Muhammadu Buhari was in power, now that the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA is being x-rayed, now that those who collected money from that office are being x-rayed by different committees, that allegation of Obasanjo would have come to fore. “Nobody contracted me to catch 1, 000 mosquitoes under the Jonathan administration, not to talk of human beings.

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