Army forces Al-Mustapha to retire
A former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State,
Gen. Sani Abacha, Maj. Hamza al-Mustapha, has been
compulsorily retired from the Army.
His compulsory retirement, according to a military source,
arose from his unavailability in the Army for a period of over
14 years, while he was away to face trial over the murder of
Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, a wife of the winner of the June 12,
1993 presidential election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola.
Our correspondent on Wednesday sighted a copy of the
retirement letter sent to Al-Mustapha from the Army
Following Abacha’s death on June 8, 1998, Al-Mustapha
was arrested in October of the same year for the murder of
Kudirat, an offence for which he was tried for 14 years.
did not succeed against Al-Mustapha during the period.
He was subsequently sentenced to death for Kudirat’s
murder by a Lagos High Court in Igbosere on January 30,
2012, but he was discharged and acquitted on July 12, 2013
by a superior judgment of the Court of Appeal in Lagos.
But his letter of compulsory retirement indicated that the
Army Council took 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 sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday was
however dated July 14, 2014 and it put the period the
former Head of State’s CSO was in the army at 33 years
and 11 days.
retire him was based on the provisions of Paragraph
09.02(c)(5) of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of
Service for Nigerian Armed Forces 2012 (Revised).
The reason for his compulsory retirement, “undeployability
arising from restructuring and/or lack of establishment,” is
the fifth in the list of nine conditions as stated in the law
which the Army Council can based such a decision on.
The letter with reference number, AHQ MS/G1/300/226,
commended him for demonstrating “good conduct in the
discharge of your duties” throughout his service in the
The letter partly read, “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.”