Nigeria: death for former dictator's man

2012-01-30 22:02

Lagos - A judge in Nigeria has sentenced a former dictator's right-hand man to death over the killing of a politician's wife.

Judge Mojisola Dada at Lagos' Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that Maj Hamza Al-Mustapha should be hanged. He was accused of orchestrating the 1996 machine-gun killing of the wife of Moshood Abiola, a flamboyant businessman widely believed to be have won an annulled 1993 presidential election.

Al-Mustapha, the right-hand man for the feared military dictator Sani Abacha, has spent 13 years in prison awaiting various trials accusing him of murder in Africa's most populous nation.