By; BAYO AKAMO , Ibadan
The Democratic Movement (TDM) on Friday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubarka, to immediately re-open the unsolved murder case of the late Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, (SAN).
TDM in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan also called on the Osun state House of Assembly to apologize to the son of the late Minister Mr Muyiwa Ige for allegedly deliberately intending to rubbish” his “good integrity”.
The group in the statement signed by its Coordinator,Comrade Aderemi Adebisi, condemned the security agencies, especially the police on how it carried out previous investigation and allegedly ” eventually bungled the case without bringing to book any culprit.”
“In the annals of Nigeria’s history, the unsolved murder of Chief Bola Ige will 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.” it said.
The group added “that is why we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the Inspector General of Police to re-open the case file.” adding ” 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.”
On the Osun state House of Assembly issue, the group asked the lawmakers to tender
‘unreserved apology’ to Muyiwa Ige for issuing unjustifiable ‘Warrant
for Arrest’ on him, adding that the lawmakers are just 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.”
The group stressed that the action of the lawmakers ” was 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 maintained “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. The Democratic Movement, TDM believes in Ige’s legacy and
will continue to protect it.”