Alleged training of snipers: Al-Mustpaha

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May 1st, 2014
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Former Chief Security Officer to the late Gen. Sani Abacha Maj Hamza Al-Mustapha has sued a Kaduna Islamic preacher, Sheikh Sanusi Khalil, at the Upper Sharia Court, Daura Road, for defamation.

Al-Mustapha accused the cleric of maligning him in a sermon at the Sani Zango Daura Jummu’at Mosque last December. In the message,  he claimed the cleric accused him of training snipers.

The case, which came up yesterday, could not proceed because of the absence of the  judge, Mallam Mustapha Umar.

In a direct criminal complaint filed by his counsel, Sadau Garba, Al-Mustapha accused the cleric of defamation and mischievous propaganda.

The summons reads: “The defamatory words are contained in both CD and DVD recorded with the knowledge and consent of the accused and were being sold to the public both within and outside Nigeria”, contrary to Section 137 (1) Sharia Penal Code 2002, Kaduna State.

It further said the cleric was alleged to have stated thus: “The evil that men do lives after them. Information has reached me (that) you are in charge of training some young snipers and killers to promote your political ambition.

“These boys are being trained to kill some 1,000 people in this country perceived to be stumbling block on your part to achieving your political ambition. That is what (Obasanjo) said in his letter. If it is Sanusi that said this, they will accuse him of abusing some people.

“This is what Obasanjo told Jonathan in his letter. About two to three Fridays ago, in this place, I told you about the existence of these sniper boys.

“The person who was given this contract unfortunately is a Muslim brother. He has been given the contract of training and mobilising them on how to use these boys in wanton killings in order to win election at all cost. Let’s call a spade a spade, the person who was given this contract is Al-Mustapha.

“I swear by the name of God where he first started sitting with these boys, the venue and the time he sat, I swear with the name of God I have all the details.

“Are you not the one being accused of bringing terrorism into Nigeria? Mustapha, when you were arrested and detained, Muslims, Christians, soldiers, police, Nigerians all prayed for you. If you are to pay for these prayers, I swear by the name of God, you don’t have the money to pay.”

Al-Mustapha told reporters he went to court for justice.

 He said: “We filed a motion of criminal direct complaint in court and we are here seeking for justice over some mischievous allegations against me, which I see as a dangerous propaganda that requires legal attention.

“The issues in the case are numerous; I don’t want to delve into them. I want the court to look at it speedily and bring out the contents so that justice would be served soon. I am a Muslim, he is a Muslim.”

Al-Mustapha said he did not sue former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who also made similar allegations in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, because the former leader did not mention his name.

Sheikh Khalil said Allah is in control of what comes out of the case.

“I am in court because Maj Al-Mustapha has sued me in respect of my Jum’at sermon. He is alleging defamation of character.

“I believe that this is a Sharia court and Sharia court is the best for Muslims to settle their differences. All I know is that Allah is in control and what comes out of this case, I know it is a destiny from Allah.”

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