Bola Ige’s Murder: We Are Innocent, Oyediran Insists

lekan-oyediranOne of the persons arrested but later released in connection with the murder of Mr Bola Ige, Lekan Oyediran, is insisting that 24 of them arrested are innocent.

While he claims innocent of the crime, he lamented that he lost his investment in a drug store and his wife also died before he was freed.

He spoke at the 15th years remembrance and memorial lecture of Odunayo Olagbaju, who died in 2001 during the crisis that rocked Alliance for Democracy.

During the occasion held at Ile-Ife in Osun State, political associates, friends and families of the deceased eulogised him for “fighting for the oppressed”.

Mr Oyediran, who was a lawmaker in Osun State between 1999 to 2001, said those accusing them (arrested suspects) needed to be probed for Bola Ige’s death.

He said: “I have no regret. The only regret I have is that the people we fought for did not deserve it. 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 24 of us that were arrested in relations to the death of Bola Ige are all innocent. We didn’t know anything about it. I spent almost two years there. 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. Omisore is very innocent of the killing. The investigation carried out by the Nigeria Police Force and all the security agencies exonerated Omisore and all other suspects arrested along with him. He was taken to court and acquitted, discharged and cannot be arrested until there is a new clue”.

At the event, some members of the legislative arm of government were also chided, with the key speaker, Professor Fatai Olasupo, urging 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 in the state level needs to be upgraded,” he added.

Mr Bola Ige was shot dead in his bedroom in Bodija, Ibadan, at about 9:00 p.m. on December 23, 2001, after he arrived Ibadan from Lagos at about 8.30 p.m.

In July, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reopen investigation into the unresolved murder of the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas, Not Votes – Fayose

buhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) should seek forgiveness (not votes) from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States.

According to the governor, Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos Metroline project in 1985 was the greatest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.

“If Buhari had not cancelled the Metroline project out of vendetta,transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.

“The Metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos.

But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.

Speaking further, the governor said; “In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came.

Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform while drugs were free.

“Apart from free education and free health, the South West witnessed rapid development.

Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.

“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.

“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.

“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from traveling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!

“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.

“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes.”

Senate Confirms 11 Nominees As Ministers

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed eleven out of 11 nominees forwarded to the legislature by President Goodluck Jonathan as ministers.

The  ministers are Musiliu Obanikoro, Mohammed Wakil, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Mrs Akon Eyakenyi, Mrs Lawrencia Mallam, General Aliu Gusau Mohammed (Rtd), Mr Boni Haruna, as well as Dr Khaliru Alhassan, Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan, Asabe Ahmed and Dr Tammy Danagogo.

The screening of the 12th nominee, Hadjia Jamilla Salik from Kano State was deferred.

However, there was stiff opposition from lawmakers from Osun State over the confirmation of Abduljelili Adesiyan.

A lawmaker from Osun State, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, said that all three lawmakers from Osun State unanimously rejected the nominee on the basis of a credibility crisis, having been once accused of involvement in the murder of the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige.

Mr Adesiyan, had told the Senate during screening that he had been wrongfully accused of having a hand in the murder of late Bola Ige, who was assassinated in his Bodija home, in Ibadan, Oyo State on December 23, 2001.

Senate Drills Ministerial Nominee On Bola Ige’s Death

One of the ministerial nominees who appeared for screening at the Senate on Thursday, had to make frantic attempts to clear himself of an allegation of murder.

Mr. Oyewale Adesiyan, from Osun State told the Senate that he had been wrongfully accused of having a hand in the murder of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, who was assassinated in his Bodija home, in Ibadan, Oyo State on December 23, 2001.

The ministerial nominee described the late Ige as his political mentor, whom he had no reason to kill.

During the session at the Senate, Adesiyan said “I never knew they would punish me with the death of Chief Bola Ige.

“That I was even fingered itself is a torture for me, that anytime I was in the dungeon cell I used to pinch myself because I wanted to know whether I was dreaming because I’m not supposed in any way or form to be fingered in the death of Chief Bola Ige.

“I am saying it today that if Chief Bola Ige gave any money out to anybody before he was assassinated, it was my children and my family,” he said passionately.



PDP Is Used To Issues Of New Parties– Aderemi

Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.

Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.

‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.

‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.

Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.

Watch complete interview for more.

Dele Ige, younger brother to Bola Ige, dies at 79

Dele Ige, the brother of the late Attorney General Bola Ige died on Saturday at the age of 79.

The incident happened yesterday at Ibadan the Oyo State Capital, when Dele stood up to give a speech at a family function and slumped.

He was immediately rushed to the hospital; efforts trying to revive him were failed and he was later confirmed dead.

According to Vanguard, who put a call across to Bola Ige’s son Muyiwa he said, “I can confirm that he is dead. But that is all that I can tell you for now. I heard that he slumped and died while trying to deliver a birthday speech. I am on my way to Ibadan. I can’t say much until I get to his residence.’’

When he was called about an hour later, Muyiwa said his uncle’s death “marked the end of a lineage of Ige family because he was the last man.”

At the time, Muyiwa said he was unable to give further details about the circumstances surrounding the older Ige’s death, saying “I will soon go to his residence and see things for myself”.

Akin Ige was said to be celebrating his 60th birthday in Ibadan when the incident happened.

Dele Ige before his death was a business man in Ibadan.