Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, Chief Security Officer to the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, has been compulsorily retired from the Army.
This development was hinged on the fact that he was unavailable in the army for over 14 years as he was away to face trial over the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola.
The Federal Government also filed other charges against the retired CSO which did not succeed.
In fact, Al-Mustapha was to die by hanging sequel to the judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
But the judgment was never to be executed as Lagos division of the Court of Appeal had same upturned in a lead judgment delivered by Justice Rita Pemu.
The said letter of compulsory retirement dated July 14, 2014 stated that the Army Council arrived at the decision to force him out of service at its meeting held on August 5, 2013, more than a year after the Court of Appeal acquitted him.
The letter further indicated that the decision of the Army Council to get Al-Mustapha compulsorily retired also hinged on the provisions of Paragraph 09.02(c)(5) of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Nigerian Armed Forces 2012 (Revised).
The letter with reference number, AHQ MS/G1/300/226, gave commendation to the retired CSO for demonstrating “good conduct in the discharge of your duties” throughout his service in the army.
The letter reads in part, “You are authorised to retain your substantive rank of Major. You are also entitled to gratuity and pension as well as Certificate of Military Service and Retired Officers’ Identity Card.
“You are entitled to your ceremonial dress, service dress and mess kit. However, you should wear uniforms corresponding to your rank at the time of retirement only when you are invited for military ceremonies; military weddings; memorial services of National Day celebration and Regimental dinners.”