Army officer wants to appear in court for Al-Mustapha
An embattled lieutenant colonel with the Nigerian Army, Silas Jock Santio, who has petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the military top hierarchy to intervene in his unjust dismissal from the army since 2001, has declared his support for Hamza Mustapha, likening his predicament to that of the former chief security officer to late Sani Abacha, who has been in detention for 13 years.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna Tuesday, the embattled army officer who has taken his premature dismissal to court, said Mr Al-Mustapha was framed up by some army Generals and undemocratic forces who were bent on ensuring that he did not open up a can of worms capable of nailing them.
While declaring to testify before the High Court in Lagos over what he knew in the Al-Mustapha case, Mr Santio in a letter dated August 6, 2011, which he addressed to President Jonathan said:
“In view of these developments, considering the transformation agenda of the present administration, I will appreciate that you please make necessary arrangement to enable me to appear as a witness for Major Al-Mustapha in my position as his colleague in the military, based on the evidence he has presented in the court.
“I could also be of use in his case by supporting him with some evidence for his matter based on my personal experience on the issue of injustice in Nigeria,” he said.
Mr Santio, who claimed that he had enough evidence to prove the authenticity of Al-Mustapha’s recent revelations, also urged the court to uphold all the testimonies made by the former CSO for the interest of justice in Nigeria.