Bola Ige: Family Faults Jonathan Over Adesiyan's Appointment..


The family of the late Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, has faulted President Goodluck Jonathan over the appointment of Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan as Minister of Police affairs. Adesiyan was a prime suspect in the murder of Ige. Ige was assassinated in his residence at Ibadan in December 2011 while serving in the Olusegun Obasanjo cabinet as the nation's chief law officer.

Adesiyan and Senator Iyiola Omisore were charged as murder suspects but the charges were later quashed by an Ibadan High Court. Speaking at the weekend in Lagos, Ige's son, Muyiwa, who is the Commissioner for Land, Regional Planning and Urban Development in Osun State, expressed sadness over Adesiyan's appointment.

Ige described the nomination and approval of Adesiyan by both the president and the Senate as a huge disappointment. The commissioner, who said his father's killers would never know peace, said in a normal clime, Adesiyan wouldn't have been nominated for public office.

His words: “The appointment of the minister was more of selection and not of Omoluwabi structure. We all witnessed the issue at the National Assembly. It is also the first time in the history of Nigeria that three senators from Osun State unanimously rejected the candidate and the machinery of government was used to elevate him.

“Putting Adesiyan in the Ministry of Police Affairs, someone who is having such allegation hanging on his neck, in other clime, he would not think about it. But the instrumentality of government is being used.”