15 Years Remembrance: Why CSCEOS Wants Police to Re-open Bola Ige, Olagbaju’s Brutal Murders


Following the recent reported directive of President Muhammadu Buhari
and the calls by the well meaning Nigerians that the brutal killing of
former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,
Chief Bola Ige, SAN, be revisited, a Civil Society Organization(CSO),
the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun
State(CSCEOS)  has also called for the re-opening of the gruesome
murder of late Honourable Misty Odunayo Olagbaju by the current
authority of the Nigeria Police Force(NPF).

The group also disclosed that the opening of the two brutal murders
would go in right direction by bringing the uncommon credibility to
the force under the present Inspector General of police (IGP) Alhaji
Ibrahim Idris
According to the group in a Letter dated Monday 26th September and
signed by its Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman which was
received by the office of the Police boss on Tuesday 27th September,
2016 and the copy was made available to newsmen on Thursday in
commemoration of 15 years remembrance of Late Bola Ige, writing the
authority of the Force to re-open the brutal murder of Hon. Olagbaju
alongside of Late Chief Ige as being planned.
The Letter reads in part; “Sir, Honourable Odunayo Olagbaju, who was a
serving member of the Osun State House of Assembly, was brutally
murdered on December 19, 2001 in front of Moore Police Station,
Ile-Ife, in which Chief Bola Ige was brutally killed four days later,
precisely, December 23rd, 2001 at his Bodija residence in Ibadan.
“We wish to inform your good office that the two highly unresolved
murder cases are seriously affecting the psycho-analysis of the people
of Osun State till this present moment and we believe that the two
unresolved murder case as affecting our dear State, should be
thoroughly re-investigated by bringing it to close once and for all.
“While urging you to exhibit uncommon courage and honesty to ensure in
bringing of the perpetrators of the dastard act to justice and this
will be the litmus test for the Force in order to retain the
confidence of the good people of the country in the Nigeria Police
Force (NPF) as the right to life is universal and guaranteed by the
amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”
It would be recalled both Ige and Olagbaju were brutally killed as a
result of political crisis that engulfed the atmosphere of the State
in 2001, when Chief Bisi Akande was battling his erstwhile Deputy,
Senator Iyiola Omisore over power supremacy in the State.
In a related development, in July this year, President Muhammad Buhari
directed the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to
reopen investigation into the unresolved murder of the former
Minister, Chief Ige.

Similarly, Chief Bola Ige, a national leader of the Alliance for
Democracy (AD) was a serving Senior Minister in the cabinet of Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo’s Peoples Democratic Party-controlled Federal
Government and Honourable Odunayo Olagbaju was a serving State
Legislator under the same political party, Alliance for Democracy (AD)
which was generally believed then, was fighting for the downtrodden
masses of the State.‎