Bode George Demands Justice For Funsho Williams 14 Years After Murder

Funsho Williams was murdered under controversial circumstances in 2006. 14 years after his death, Politician, Bode George is demanding justice. (File Photo)

 

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Leader of Ọmọ Eko Pataki Forum, Chief Olabode George, has called for justice over the death of Funsho Williams.

In a statement on Monday, George appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of the brutal murder of the politician after 14 years of the incident.

He said the law should be animated to fish out those who murdered Williams so that they can pay the supreme price.

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Chief Bode George is demanding justice for Funsho Williams (File Photo)

 

Williams was murdered on July 27, 2006, under controversial circumstances in the run-up to the Lagos State Governorship election for which he was an aspirant.

“It has been 14 years now when a terrible dark cloud fell upon the Lagosian entity and upon all lovers of freedom. It was really a very sad day on that horrific July 27, 2006, as the blood-soaked body of Engineer Funsho Williams was discovered in his Dolphin residence in Ikoyi,” the statement read in part.

“Funsho Williams, the famous Ọmọluabi Eko had been murdered in gruesome circumstances. He was tied, gagged and stabbed by some evil assassins apparently paid to stop his gubernatorial ambition. He was only 58-years-old when he was taken away from us by cowardly men who reposed in dark, brutish villainy”.

While stating that the memory of Williams will never be forgetten, George said the Ọmọ Eko Pataki group will never compromise on ensuring that the “beloved son of Lagos gets a deserved justice”.

See the full statement below.

Funsho Williams: Ọmọluabi Eko Still Waiting For Justice

It has been 14 years now when a terrible dark cloud fell upon the Lagosian entity and upon all lovers of freedom. It was really a very sad day on that horrific July 27, 2006 as the blood soaked body of Engineer Funsho Williams was discovered in his Dolphin residence in Ikoyi.

Funsho Williams, the famous Ọmọluabi Eko had been murdered in gruesome circumstances. He was tied, gagged and stabbed by some evil assassins apparently paid to stop his gubernatorial ambition. He was only 58 years old when he was taken away from us by cowardly men who reposed in dark, brutish villainy.

With the murder of Funsho Williams, who stood at the threshold of triumphing at the general election, a great dream was shattered. The hopes of millions of Lagosians who were hearkening to be rescued from what was then building up as a gradual servitude of the Lagosian natives, was dashed.

We mourn this great Lagosian with a deep, aching wound.

For Funsho Williams was our bright, shining star, a symbol of truth and redemptive thoroughness, our liberative metaphor from the vicious grip of the wandering usurpers.

Funsho was in heart and soul a gentleman of the first order. He was a man of class and nobility; a taciturn original Lagosian whose significant attainments were well woven around his meritorious academic and professional leadership.

He was a mover of men and mountains whose visionary sweep was far beyond selfish political advantages.

He led a superable movement that roused all hearts and souls in Lagos in passionate embrace.

He was a gentle giant with few words, without hate, without malice; stripped of animosity, but strong in purpose, genuine in vision, gallant in spirit, reposed in full selfless candor that is rare in politics.

The Ọmọluabi Eko came to serve. He came to heal the broken places. He came to salvage the ruined house of locusts that the usurpers had turned Lagos into. But this wonderful mission was abrupted by evil men.

Those who killed Funsho Williams might have killed a man. But not his dream of rescuing and salvaging our society. We continue where he stopped.

On this mournful occasion when the wounds are still fresh, we urge those who use Funsho Williams name to push patently untidy, undignified, alleged palliatives agenda to desist forthwith.

This demeans what Funsho Williams represented. It is a mockery of a great dream and a great man. It is self-serving and hideous.

We cry out for justice now. We cry out that the long reaches of the law should be animated to fish out those who murdered Funsho Williams so that they can pay the supreme price.

We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of the brutal murder of Engineer Funsho Williams.

The President has done the right thing by re-opening the investigation of the murder of Chief Bola Ige.

He will be greatly enhanced in historical reckoning and signification if his administration is attested as being the one that finally nailed the evil characters hiding at plain sight who murdered Funsho Williams.

I am particularly passionate about Funsho who many of his acolytes adorably called Captain.

Funsho was my junior at the University of Lagos. We were both Engineering students but sprung from different departments. While he was in Civil Engineering, I was in the Electrical Department.

He was reserved and humble. He was gentle but reflective with sharp analytical convictions. There was always a certain piety about him, an effective calibration in self-effacing innocence. He meant no arm to anyone.

But he was firm, resolved, dedicated to the righteous path.

We will never forget him. We will never compromise on ensuring that this beloved son of Lagos gets a deserved justice.

On our part as Ọmọ Eko Pataki, we will not rest. We will not slumber nor sleep until justice prevails over evil. This is our mission. This is our purpose.

Accept Our Political Superiority, Lagos PDP Tells Tinubu

PDP vs APCThe Lagos State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has come out strongly, vowing to repel any direct or decoy action aimed at blackmailing or attacking any of its members as it approaches the 2015 general elections.

The Party released a statement in reaction to former Lagos State Governor, Ahmed Tinubu’s alleged accusation that the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was concentrating more on Politics than Insecurity – a statement considered to be a fall out of the alleged roles attributed to Senator Obanikoro for PDP to win Ekiti governorship election.

The Lagos State PDP described the former governor’s outburst as not only irrational, but a clear sign of being frustrated as he was desperate to hold on to the southwest and Lagos State in particular.

“On our part, we shall not underestimate the desperation of Tinubu. We, however, promise him that no hatchet plot against any of our members shall prosper.”

The Lagos State PDP consequently admonished the former Governor to come to terms with the new political realities in the southwest and Lagos in particular. “One of such is to accept the expiry of his control and the political superiority of Senator Obanikoro to defeat him in a free and fair election.

“Historically, Tinubu’s current Political travails can be traced to the last Local Government elections in Lagos State, when the young son of Senator Obanikoro, Ibrahim Babajide, defeated the former governor in his Polling Unit.

“The former governor had since then seen Senator Obanikoro as a potential threat to his political and extortionate control in the State, thus Tinubu’s sponsored media and physical attacks on Obanikoro and some of our other leaders. We remember well the buildup of events that led to the murder of Engr. Funsho Williams, our Governorship hopeful in 2007. We are thus not going to be slow in reaction this time”, the statement read.

They stated that the former Governor would be held responsible if any of its leaders, followers or governorship hopefuls is again murdered.