Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and AlhajiLateefSofolahan who were convicted of the murder of AlhajaKudiratAbiola have filed additional grounds of appeal at the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court, against the judgement of Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court.
This was disclosed directly to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND yesterday by counsel to the two men, Olalekan Ojo. He confirmed that the copy of the judgement of the Lagos High Court had now been made available.
“Records of appeal will be transmitted to the Court of Appeal by 21st. The implication of this is that parties can exchange briefs of arguments preparatory after the transmission of the record, briefs of argument can be exchanged. Our expectation is that the Court of Appeal will start to sit latest in October.
Giving details of the additional grounds of appeal Ojo said one of them was “that the learned trial judge erred in law by relying on Exhibit A6( a purported confessional statement of Sofolahan during interrogation) which the court said had got lost when no other copy of it was tendered by the prosecutor to replace that which was lost.