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.