Bola Ige’s murder: We were paid huge money in Abuja – Suspects

Two yet-to-be named suspects undergoing investigation in connection with the murder of former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, have reportedly opened up on their involvement.

 

This is coming after the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, set up the Special Investigative Team, SIT, to probe the murder of Ige who was shot dead on December 23, 2001, by unknown gunmen in his Ibadan, Oyo State home after his security guards took permission to go and eat.

 

While the SIT is said to be working on unravelling some mystery financiers who provided large sums of cash for the operation to kill the ex-chief law officer, Vanguard is reporting that four days before Ige was murdered, the prime suspects in the murder had allegedly travelled to Abuja to collect huge sums of money with which the operation was paid for.

 

Reports say two of the suspects in the murder case at the weekend confessed in their statements that the ‘Ogas’ told them to give them some time to enable them travel to Abuja to get money to sort out the cost of the operation.

 

The newspaper is claiming that a source said, “In fact, about four days to the date of Bola Ige’s murder, one of the prime suspects traveled to Abuja for funds. Even during the first encounter, the visit to the palace of the Ooni of Ife, where the cap of Bola Ige was removed and thrown away, the prime suspects had returned from Abuja with cash.”

 

According to the report, information about the money was revealed by one of the suspects because the sharing formula did not favour him.

Iyiola Omisore: “How can I be in Ile-Ife and kill Bola Ige in Ibadan?”

Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun state, says the government has been begging him for falsely accusing him of killing Bola Ige, former attorney-general of the federation.

Omisore said his ordeal began in December 2001 when he was accused of involvement in the murder, and that he was subsequently impeached as deputy governor.

He said he had been discharged and acquitted in the case, and government had been begging him over charges of malicious  prosecution.

“When we were framed up that we killed Bola Ige, we thought it was a joke. How can somebody be in Ife and kill somebody in Ibadan? It was later they confessed that it was for politics,” he said in an interview.

“That was why I sued Oyo state government for N2 billion over malicious prosecution.

“We are still in court. They are dodging and begging me now. The judgement was very clear that we had no business in court at all.”

AD STARTED IN MY SUITE IN ABUJA WITH BOLA IGE AND ADESANYA  

“We started AD. I was one of the persons funding AD in 1998. The party was formed in my suite at Nicon Hilton, Abuja. There is hardly any politician in the south-west that brought resources to politics than I did. I came into politics with my resources, wealth of experience, everything I had.”

“Omisore is more of a professional engineer, a technocrat. I have made more impact in engineering than any politician you can think of in this country today. I stand to be corrected. They want to kill that aspect of my life and play up politics.”

“Omisore’s political adventure follows a tradition that goes back to his background.

“We are the main Afenifere. We go to Owo every month. I am a man of history. My grandfather was part of Egbe Omo Oduduwa in 1941.

“So I am a part of that history. We were traditionally UPN (Unity Party of Nigeria) in the family. When it came to the time of AD, we were the ones doing Afenifere and AD together. It was Kofo Bucknor Akerele and I that gave it AD.

“We left PDP, that we were not joining them, to register another party. By the time we got to the INEC office, they had taken all the AAs. We wanted to have AA, AB, or AC. We wanted our name in front on the ballot. We wanted to tell voters, ‘Vote for number one.’ That was the idea behind AD.

“Chief Bola Ige, Baba Adesanya, and others said we should go and collect form. By the time we got there, the names given to us had already been taken. We said, let us take AD then, and we brought it back to them.”

Former lawmaker, Lekan Oyediran insists he didn’t kill Bola Ige.

A former state lawmaker, Lekan Oyediran, who was one of the 25 suspects arrested and tried in connection with the murder of Bola Ige, said on Tuesday they were innocent of the accusation.

Mr. Oyediran, who was later released from detention, spoke at the 15th-year remembrance and memorial lecture of Odunayo Olagbaju. He served a lawmaker on the ticket of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun between 1999 and 2001.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Olagbaju was a member of the Osun State House of Assembly representing Odo-Otin Constituency on the ticket of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).

He was killed few metres away from his Ile-Ife residence, in 2001, in the wake of the political crisis that rocked Osun State.

Mr. Oyediran, who claimed he lost his investment in a pharmaceutical store and his wife before regaining his freedom, said those accusing them needed to be probed for Bola Ige’s death.

“I have no regrets. The only regret I have is that the people we fought for did not deserve it,” he said.

“That struggle also had a little of youthful exuberance. We didn’t fight that struggle with enough maturity that time.

“We fought a good fight; we identified with the right people, but we could have also done it in a different way or with a different approach.

“All the 25 of us that were arrested in relation to the death of Bola Ige are innocent.

“We didn’t know anything about it. I spent almost two years in prison custody. I lost everything; I am a pharmacist; I lost my chemist and even my wife before I came back.

“So, it is a kind of thing that makes me sad a lot. Iyiola Omisore is very innocent of the killing,’’ he said.

Mr. Oyediran said, “The investigation carried out by the Nigerian Police and all other security agencies exonerated Omisore and all others arrested along with him.

“He was taken to court and was discharged and acquitted, and cannot be re-arrested unless there is a new clue.”

Fatai Olasupo, in a keynote address, urged opposition in the legislative arm to be more active.

“They must be active and ensure that there is transparency in governance. With what we have witnessed, governance at the state level needs to be upgraded,” he said.

Mr. Ige, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, was murdered in his Bodija, Ibadan home at about 9.00 p.m.on Dec. 23, 2001.

He was a national leader of the AD was  serving as a minister under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) -controlled Federal Government.

The incident happened shortly after Mr. Ige arrived Ibadan from Lagos at about 8.30 p.m.?

In July, President Muhammad Buhari directed the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reopen investigation into the unresolved murder of the former Minister.(NAN)

At the event, the political associates, friends and families of Olagbaju eulogised him for “fighting for the oppressed”.