Former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd) had last week accused some Yoruba Leaders, of knowing those who killed late Chief MKO Abiola. Al-Mustapha alleged that these leaders chose to keep quiet after they were allegedly bribed. Speaking to newsmen on these claims, Al-Mustapha said, “A day after Abiola died, a particular Yoruba Chief (Ayo Opadokun) was invited to the Presidency, and he came to the villa alongside his friends. He came with anger into the villa. ‘Those who killed Abiola invited him to the villa. At that material time, they came to fight the government, they wanted to set the country ablaze, considering their disposition.
“They went into the meeting furious but came out laughing and yelling as if there was no tension in the country. A day after Abiola’s death if you remember, the country was on the verge of collapse. But seeing what was going on in the Villa made me to suspect them. ‘’I had not handed over the villa to Abdulsalami Abubakar government then, so I decided to video tape what they were doing and I have tendered the tape before a court of law, before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court. In that tape, money exchanged hands and they traded with Abiola and that is my anger. The tape is in that court, anybody that wants to watch it can get it and watch, it is now a public document.
“I didn’t want to talk about it before, but money was brought from the Central Bank in my presence and it was shared. So, if I talk about Abiola’s well being and safety, and that of his family, I am telling Nigerians what really happened. Why should a person from the same South West, who is supposed to protect Abiola’s interest, now be seen to be angry with me? He should be happy with me for saying the fact, so that it will not happen again in Nigeria. In Yoruba land where culture is the watch word, late MKO Abiola was the last Aare Ona Kakanfo and for a Yoruba man going against Aare Ona Kakanfo, what is that thing.”
Former General Secretary of NADECO, Chief Ayo Opadokun however faulted this claim saying Al-Mustapha makes statements he cannot defend. Responding to Al-Mustapha’s claims, Opadokun in an interview said,”I think Al-Mustapha’s prolonged stay in detention has had significant, negative, medical effect on him and his state of mind. I think he suffers from some measure of hallucination. He’s just seeking attention to make himself relevant. He was responsible for his prolonged stay in prison.
“He didn’t want to be tried under the administration of (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo’s regime.If Al-Mustapha does not retract his statement within seven days I will instruct my lawyers to go to court and file a libel suit against him. Al-Mustapha must produce that video tape. He is behaving ignobly and acting without restraint. He is now collaborating with MASSOB leader, Ralph Nwazurike, using such platform to defame the hard-earned reputation of people like us. I will not take it anymore. Remember he also made a wicked and baseless claim that he has video recording of how Abiola was killed. He has yet to show anybody any evidence of that.”