Family of late Marshall Harry, the former Vice-Chairman, South-South of the defunct All Nigerian People Party, ANPP, has called on the Federal Government to reopen investigations into the murder of their son, Harry Marshall who was murdered in his bedroom on March 6, 2003, in Abuja.
The family appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to include the case among high profile murders cases which the federal government has ordered fresh investigations.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that the FG, according to the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has expressly given approval to security agencies to re-open investigations into the murder of Bola Ige and Aminasoari Dikibo, Dele Giwa, among other suspected political assassinations.
Ige, was killed in his bedroom in Bodija, Ibadan, in 2001, while he was the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
Then Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dikibo was ambushed and killed in Delta State while returning from a political meeting.
Dele Giwa, a frontline journalist, who was killed by a parcel bomb in his sitting room in 1986, among the other high profile suspected political murders are those involving Chief Moshood Kolawole Olawale Abiola, the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, died mysterious while being detained in Abuja in the twilight of the campaign to actualise the mandate presumably given to him some five years earlier, on June 7, 1998.
His vocal wife, Kudirat, also died in similar circumstance shortly thereafter. In the same vein, the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Engr. Funso Williams, was also murdered in his bedroom.
The oldest son of the slain politician, Mr Sonny Marshall-Harry, who spoke for the family in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said it was necessary for the government to re-open investigation into the case to ensure that justice was served.
Appreciating government’s quest to calm fray nerves over repeated cases of unresolved suspected political murders, he appealed to the government to include all such cases stressing that it would serve to restore confidence in the state’s ability to secure all citizens against extra-judicial killings.
Sonny said that he was confident his father’s case would be included anytime Buhari decides to probe political killings in the country.
“The Buhari we know will include our late father’s case if truly he was the one that gave that order. We say this because we have everyday relationship, physical or through phone calls, with the president,’’ he said in apparent reference to earlier media interview by his younger brother denouncing the non-inclusion of his father’s case in the list of cases to be re-opened.
Recalled that Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim, had announced that President Buhari had ordered the police to re-open investigations into the killings of Ige and Dikibo.
But recalling his father’s relationship with Buhari, he noted that his late father was one of the first few Nigerians to talk Buhari into his presidential race in 2003 and worked tirelessly for him.
“He was eventually murdered in his bedroom while dreaming of Buhari presidency. In fact, when the assassins killed him, their last words were, `Buhari to be president na for mouth’, meaning that for Buhari to be president could only be said.
“Do not forget, the murder took place before one of my younger sisters, who narrated to us what happened in the room that night,’’ he said.
“It is a well calculated campaign by a small insignificant portion of the media to provoke the family and ultimately put us on a collision course with the president.
“This is a drama, and as a family, we collectively forbid it as we wish Buhari the best of luck in his genuine quest to rebuild Nigeria,’’ he said.