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Sgt. Rogers confessed to killing Kudirat, Utomi insists

By Tunde Opeseitan

Snr Reporter, Lagos


Public affairs analyst and former Presidential candidate, Professor Pat Utomi, has insisted that it was evidently clear and unambiguous that a former security officer attached to the Presidential villa, Banabas Jabila (alias Sgt. Rogers), confessed to pulling the trigger of the gun that killed Kudirat Abiola.

Sgt. Rogers was a member of Strike Force (SF) and Body Guard (BG), two special military squads, which were used by Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, to protect the seat of power.

Al-Mustapha was recently freed by the Court of Appeal in Lagos of complicity in the murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the late winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election.

The Appeal Court had based its judgment on the ground that Sgt. Rogers and another SF and BG member, Mohammed Abdul (alias Katako),  had recanted their testimonies to the fact that they were sent by Al-Mustapha to execute Kudirat.

But Utomi, in a comment on his social media page, said nothing could controvert the fact that Sgt. Rogers publicly told Nigerians that Al-Mustapha ordered and provided logistics for the execution of Kudirat.

He said: “The issue of who killed the late heroine of democracy should not be so hard to decipher, particularly when you consider that Sergeant Rogers, a man who worked as a security agent right at the Presidential Villa Abuja, publicly and on camera, confessed to pulling the trigger of the gun that killed her. Who ordered him to do it,” Utomi queried.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government will on Wednesday, make its decision on the next line of action known.

The state was the prosecuting authority as the crime was committed on the streets on June 4, 1996.

One comment

  1. Olatunde Sowemimo E

    Until all sectors of nation are seriously sanitized by a new regime , our country shall be going from bad to worse and all sorts of crimes and corruptions shall be committed without consequences .
    Already the nation is a laughing stock within the committee of nations when it comes to official or unofficial corruption and crime of whatever name you want to call it
    As evidently pronounced by Mustapha himself , the release has the input and the knowledge of the presidency in it .
    Can you imagine what happened in far away Gambia with a Nigerian occupying the seat of the judge of court os appeal demanding bribe in order to turn a land case around and he was caught on tape . That is a representative of Nigeria for you
    If the judiciary as an arm of the government is under the arms of the executive ( the Rivers State of Assembly case is another example ) where the victim is now being victimized by the presidency using both the police and the judiciary, then what hope has the common man. If he cannot get a protector here on earth all he can say is ” GOD dey”
    This is why the nation need a liberator . He may not be perfect (because only God is perfect) but at least “pretend ” to be . But the current ruling party and its Hench men are just slapping the nation with open impunity .

    Interim National Publicity Secretary – A P C U S A , Houston Texas

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