President Muhammadu Buhari, on sunday, 17th July 2016 directed the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reopen investigation into the unresolved murder of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, and ex-Deputy National Chairman, South-South, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Aminosari Dokubo, and fish out the perpetrators.
The killing of the two personalities
caused national outrage, with
Nigerians calling on the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to fish out the killers who have still not been found.
Recall that Chief Bola Ige was shot
dead in his bedroom in Bodija,
Ibadan, home at about 9pm on
December 23, 2001, after he arrived
Ibadan from Lagos at about 8.30pm.
His security details were said to have sought permission from the former Attorney General to go and eat before the incident occurred. The gunmen, who were said to have been waiting in the vicinity, then stormed the house and tied up family members.
One of the gunmen reportedly
pointed a gun at a family member
and asked him to lead them upstairs
to Chief Bola Ige’s room. They
allegedly moved the wife and his son to an adjourning room, locked them up before shooting their target in the chest.
Vanguard gathered from sources
that towards unearthing the
perpetrators of these unresolved murders, the Acting Inspector
General of Police has instituted a
high powered investigation team,
headed by an Assistant Inspector
General of Police, to crack the case.
Following the death of the late Bola Ige, several unsubstantiated
allegations were made against
several politicians and interest
groups, with some even saying the
‘Cicero’, as he was fondly called, was killed to halt the rise in his political profile, while others said it had to do with his impending probe of the corruption in the power sector of the nation’s economy.
Dokubo’s assassination On the part of Chief Aminosari Dokubo, the late PDP Deputy National Chairman was said to be returning to his base from Abuja after a meeting when he was
waylaid by suspected assassins on entering Delta State.
He was killed near Asaba on October 22, 2004.
Dokubo’s assassination at the time
was alleged to have been caused by
certain disagreements with the
powers that be in his political party, prior to the general elections.
A source told Vanguard that the fact
that the killers and their sponsors
were still prowling the streets
without arrest and prosecution for
crimes against humanity, was a dangerous trend which, if not
addressed, might lead to killing of
more political leaders either now or
in the future.
It’s a new day— Bola Ige’s son Reacting to the development, Architect Muyiwa Ige, son of late
Chief Bola Ige, said last night that it
would be glorious, if the family could get justice 16 years after. Muyiwa, who could not hide his happiness, said President Buhari did not disappoint him, saying the matter was now in the right direction.
“I knew right from the advent of the administration of President Buhari that the matter would be resurrected. The President is in the right direction. To God be the glory.
It’s a new day; we are happy, we will get justice after 16
“We are happy that all those who murdered our father, including the star witness, will be brought to
justice. It’s good news.”