16 Years After, Group Wants Buhari To Fish Out Killers Of Bola Ige
Sixteen years after the assassination of former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, a group known as The Democratic Movement (TDM) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the Inspector General of Police to re-open the unsolved murder case of the Yoruba leader.
The group in a press release signed and made available to journalists by its Coordinator, Aderemi Adebisi condemned security agencies especially the police on how it carried out previous investigation and eventually bungled the case without bringing to book any culprit.
“In the annals of Nigeria’s history, the unsolved murder of Chief Bola Ige which occurred on December 23, 2001will continue to be a recurrent decimal until perpetrators of the heinous act are brought to book. Individuals and groups across the world will continue to demand for justice from the government of Nigeria. That is why we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the Inspector General of Police to re-open the case file.”
It added: “The perpetrators of the dastardly act are human beings and not ghosts. What is needed is for the President to instruct Inspector General of the Police to re-open the case and carry out thorough investigation this time to fish out the real culprits.”
The Group also called on the Osun state House of Assembly to tender ‘unreserved apology’ to Muyiwa Ige for issuingunjustifiable ‘Warrant for Arrest’ on him.
TDM accused the lawmakers of embarking on a cheap blackmail to tarnish the good name Muyiwa Ige has built for himself over the years.
“One wonders how a State House of Assembly would descend so low to the extent of issuing ‘warrant for arrest’ on an individual who was never invited in the first place to appear before the committee of the house. The action of the house to us is hypocritical and attempts to smear the good name Iges are known for.”
Speaking further, the group described the action of the lawmakers as very shameful and one deliberately intended to rubbish the good integrity of Muyiwa Ige.
“In as much as we are not against the house from discharging its constitutional functions; we are appalled by the way and manner in which the house issued ‘warrant for arrest’ on Muyiwa Ige who never received a prior invitation to appear before the house committee. No responsible House of Assembly anywhere in the world carries out it functions in this archaic way.”
The group added: “We condemn in its entirety the ‘Gestapo’ manner warrant for arrest on Muyiwa was issued and we call on the house to issue letter of apology to Muyiwa Ige using all the channels it earlier used to disseminate the revoked ‘warrant for arrest.”
“We believe there are more to this issue than meet the eye but Muyiwa Ige like his father will not succumb to cheap blackmail from anybody or group. As the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development in the State of Osun, his achievements remain unsurpassed.”
It added: “The Democratic Movement, TDM believes in Ige’s legacy and will continue to protect it.