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Oyediran Insists, ‘We Were Wrongly Accused of Killing Bola Ige’


Lekan Oyediran, who was one of the 25 suspects arrested and tried for the murder of Bola Ige, insisted on Tuesday that they were innocent of the accusation.
Oyediran, who was later released from detention, spoke at the 15th-year remembrance and memorial lecture of Odunayo Olagbaju, a lawmaker on the ticket of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun between 1999 and 2001 but killed few metres away from his Ile-Ife residence, in 2001, in the wake of the political crisis that rocked Osun State.
Olagbaju was a member of the Osun State House of Assembly representing Odo-Otin Constituency on the ticket of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).
Oyediran, who was lawmaker on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, that period, claimed he lost his investment in a pharmaceutical store and his wife before regaining his freedom. He said those who accused them needed to be probed for Bola Ige’s death.
“I have no regrets. The only regret I have is that the people we fought for did not deserve it,” he said.
“That struggle also had a little of youthful exuberance. We didn’t fight that struggle with enough maturity that time.
“We fought a good fight; we identified with the right people, but we could have also done it in a different way or with a different approach.
“All the 25 of us that were arrested in relation to the death of Bola Ige are innocent.
“We didn’t know anything about it. I spent almost two years in prison custody. I lost everything; I am a pharmacist; I lost my chemist and even my wife before I came back.
“So, it is a kind of thing that makes me sad a lot. Iyiola Omisore is very innocent of the killing,” he said.
Oyediran said, “The investigation carried out by the Nigerian Police and all other security agencies exonerated Omisore and all others arrested along with him.
“He was taken to court and was discharged and acquitted, and cannot be re-arrested unless there is a new clue.”
Ige, a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, was murdered in his Bodija, Ibadan home at about 9.00 p.m.on Dec. 23, 2001.
He was a national leader of the AD and was serving as a Minister under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled Federal Government.
President Muhammad Buhari recently directed the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reopen investigation into the unresolved murder of the former Minister

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