The Nigerian Army has dissociated itself from publication allegedly being circulated on the Internet that Al–Mustapha has been decorated with rank of Brigadier-General.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication on the Internet about the purported decoration of Major Hamza Al–Mustapha
“The Army as a professional force wishes to state that all administrative procedures are guided by extant administrative rules and regulations.
“Such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria Harmonised Terms and Conditions among others.
“Army wishes to advice the media to always cross check facts before going to the press, clarification of facts leads to avoidance of misinformation, misinterpretation and sensationalism in reportage,’’ the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Al- Mustapha regained his freedom on Friday after 14 years in detention.
A Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos discharged and acquitted him over an alleged conspiracy and murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola on June 4, 1996.
The court had upturned a death sentence handed down on him on Jan. 30, 2013, by Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court. (NAN)