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Police to Re-arraign Suspected Killers of Bola Ige

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Late Justice (Chief) Bola Ige

Indications emerged yesterday that police will re-arraign suspects who were earlier arrested and detained in connection with the murder of a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige.

It was gathered that all the suspects that were apprehended in 2002, who were later freed, would be again rearrested for fresh arraignment and prosecution in respect of the case.

Sources report that Special Investigation Panel set up by the IG will look at all the evidence in the case, including forensic analysis which will be used to prosecute the suspects afresh.

 According to the report, the initiative to re-open Bola Ige’s murder case was from the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Sources said the IG wanted to demonstrate that the police could resolve all previously abandoned politically-motivated murder cases in the country.

Ige was killed in his Bodija, Ibadan residence, on December 23, 2001, after he arrived Ibadan from Lagos.

According to an insider, the reopening of the cases was an initiative of the current police management, adding that naturally the President would not oppose such a decision that was aimed at ensuring justice.

He said, “The truth is that President Buhari did not order the reopening of the murder cases.

“The decision was solely taken by the new police management led by the Acting IGP.

“The belief of the police management is that investigations into the cases were carried out shoddily, hence the need to revisit them.

“Naturally, the President will not go against such a decision but he was not the one that ordered the reopening of the cases.”

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