Sunday, June 10, 2018
Govt. to reopen investigation into Bola Ige, Harry Marshall murder cases –Obasanjo has questions to answer?
[LEADERS.NG] LeadersNG has exclusively gathered that the Police and other top government security agencies have perfected plans to nail Former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his connection with the murder of late Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige and front-line South-South politician, Chief Harry Marshall who was gruesomely murdered in his Abuja residence in 2003. It was gathered that the Police will reopen investigation into the murder of late Chief Bola Ige and Harry Marshall. When asked about the discharge and acquittal granted to Mr. Iyiola Omisore and others, the suspected killers of Bola Ige, our source said, “A murder case can go on for 20 years or more and the government can decide to reopen the case depending on fresh facts available to the state”. You would recall that Bola Ige, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was shot dead in his Ibadan home on December 23, 2001. Following a mass protest over the killing, the Federal Government had deployed troops in the South-Western state to prevent a breakdown of law and order. Chief Marshall Harry, who was the National Coordinator, South-South geopolitical zone of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party Presidential Campaign was murdered at his No, 28 Karaye Close, Garki II, Abuja residence on March 5, 2003, barely a month to the presidential election in which Obasanjo was re-elected. The ANPP chieftain was said to have been killed in the presence of his daughter and his niece, Loliya Harry. The only security guard in the house, Mr. Polini Aniya, said the assailants numbering about five forced their way into the ANPP chieftain’s residence around 3am. The then ANPP presidential candidate and current President, Muhammadu Buhari, had insisted that agents of the PDP and Federal Government assassinated Harry. It was gathered that at Harry’s burial ceremony in Nigeria’s oil rich Port-Harcourt, President Buhari, alleged that in its desperation to rig itself into power, the PDP-controlled Federal Government of Olusegun Obasanjo bankrolled assassins to eliminate political opponents. After the incident, the police arrested four suspects in connection with the murder. However, after seven years in detention, the accused standing trial for the murder were discharged and acquitted by an Abuja High Court. The court cited lack of enough evidence to sustain the charge against them. Chief Obasanjo had today raised an alarm over plans by Buhari’s administration to frame him up, seize his passport over false charges.