Al-Mustapha was a model prisoner, say Prison sources

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the later military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, was a model prisoner. Throughout his 14 years of incarceration behind at Kirikiri Maximum Prison, he was said to have conformed to the rules governing the prison, a feat many prison sources have attributed to the military regimen garnered during his training and subsequent career as a military officer. Aside his personality, which was described as exemplary, the major had also honed his skills in sports especially tennis and became a champion behind the walls. According to fellow inmates, the tennis aficionado was best described as a disciplinarian who also had a large heart to accommodate those who were in need of help. Prison sources said that the major had been known to have helped several inmates who were awaiting trial to secure their freedom by obliging them with his legal counsels. The Lagos State Prison Public Relations Officer, Biyi Jeje, corroborated the fact that the major played the role of a philanthropist to other inmates. He described Al-Mustapha as a model prisoner throughout his stay behind bars. Meanwhile, Al-Mustapha, who arrived Kano to a tumultuous reception, wept openly at the state Government House, while recalling his ordeal in prison. He said his freedom was like a dream to him. He said he had forgiven those who accused him of crimes he knew nothing about.

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