The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, gave an order to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Sunday, 17th July, to reopen investigation into the unsolved assassination case of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, and ex-Deputy National Chairman, South-South, of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Aminosari Dokubo.
Buhari directed the acting IGP to dig deep into the case and smoke out the perpetrators.
The killing of the two national figures caused a stir in the country, with Nigerians calling on the government of the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo to fish out the killers who are yet to be found.
Recall that Chief Bola Ige was shot dead in his bedroom in Bodija, Ibadan, home at about 9pm on December 23, 2001. He had returned from Lagos at about 8.30pm and asked his security men to go and have their dinner as he retired upstairs.
The gunmen who may have been waiting in the vicinity then stormed the house and tying up family members, got one of them to lead them upstairs to the room of Chief Bola Ige where they led his wife and son to an adjourning room and locked them up.
The gunmen then met Bola Ige alone in the bedroom and shot him dead with a single bullet in the heart.
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He was then left on the floor as the gunmen made their way out without stealing anything. However, when one of the granddaughters raised an alarm, family members rushed to his room and then rushed him to the hospital. He died on his way to the Oluyoro Catholic Hospital, Ibadan.
Following the death of the late Bola Ige, several unsubstantiated allegations were made against several politicians and interest groups, with some even saying the ‘Cicero’, as he was fondly called, was killed to halt the rise in his political profile, while others said it had to do with his impending probe of the corruption in the power sector of the nation’s economy.
According to findings from trusted sources, as a step towards uncovering the perpetrators of these unresolved murders, the Acting Inspector General of Police has established a high powered investigation team to crack the case, with an Assistant Inspector General of Police as the head.