16 years after the assassination of former Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige at his residence in Ibadan, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the killers will not go unpunished. He has however instructed the Acting Inspector-General (Act. IGP) of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reopen investigation into the case. After his death, accusing fingers were pointed at some politicians who may not have been happy with Ige’s growing political profile.
Recall that the Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige was shot dead in his bedroom around 9pm, December 23, 2001, at his residence at Bodija, Ibadan, 30 minutes after arriving Ibadan from Lagos, in an apparent assassination. It was gathered that the gun men shot him with a single bullet on his chest. He had returned from Lagos at about 8.30pm, that day and asked his security men to go and have their dinner as he retired upstairs.
The gunmen who reportedly may have been waiting in the vicinity stormed the house and tied 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, then met Ige alone in the bedroom, pointed the gun to his chest and shot him. He reportedly died on his way to the Oluyoro Catholic Hospital, Ibadan.