- Lawmakers want perpetrators prosecuted
Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari may reopen all cases of unresolved murders in the country, an issue that would gladden the hearts of many Nigerians, especially friends and families of the deceased who had for many years been calling for justice.
An indication to this move emerged on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, when the lawmakers asked the Federal Government to commence investigations into high profile killings and unresolved murder cases with a view to bringing the culprits to book.
Some cases of unresolved political assassinations in Nigeria include those of renowned journalist, Dele Giwa on October 19, 1986 in Lagos through a parcel bomb; Babatunde Elegbede on May 5, 1994 also in Lagos; Lekan Owolabi (March 1995 Lagos); Captain Tunde Ashafa (June 11, 1995, Lagos) and Alfred Rewane on October 6, 1995 also in Lagos.
Others are David Izegwere on December 1995 in Lagos, Mr. Kayode Awosanya, January 1996 in Lagos; Mrs. Tajudeen Abiola, February 9, 1996 Lagos, Alhaji Sama Kano April 8, 1996 Lagos; Admiral Olu Omotehinwa, May 22, 1996 Lagos; Mrs. Irene Obodo, June 1996 Lagos; Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, June 4, 1996 Lagos; Chief Adejola Balogun, June 15, 1996, Lagos and Mrs. Esther A. Tejuoso, September 19,1996, Lagos.
The list also include Alhaja Suliat Adedeji, November 14, 1996, Ibadan; Toyin Onagoruwa, December 1996, Lagos; Engr. Adesoji A. Dina, September 1998, Lagos; Kola Tokunbo, January 31, 1999 Lagos; Patrick Okoye, January 31, 1999, Lagos; Sunday Ugwu, September 9, 1999, Enugu; Igwe Francis, February 15, 2000, Anambra; Nicholas Okhuakhua, June 2000, Lagos; Mohammed Shuaibu, September 2000, Lagos; Obatou Mumbo, October 17, 2000, Onitsha; Idowu Braimoh, November 5, 2000, Ondo; Joseph Osayande, December 4, 2000, Benin; Chief Layi Balogun, December 10, 2000, Lagos; Monday Ndor, August 19, 2001; Port Harcourt; Onyebuchi Ede, August 23, 2001, Ebonyi, Chibueze Idah, August 23, 2001, Ebonyi; Ogbonna Odimbaiwe, August 23, 2001 Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Nnaji. August 23, 2001 Ebonyi ; Odunayo Olagbaju, December 20, 2001 Ife; Chief Bola Ige, December 23, 2001 Ibadan; Mr. S.A. Awoniyi, January 7, 2002, Abuja stabbed; Eyo Eyo, April 2002, Calabar Shot, Ifeanyi Igbokwe, April 18, 2002, Lagos, shot; Musa Dayo, May 9, 2002, Bauchi, shot; Christopher Ogbonna, May 26, 2002, Nsukka; Maria-Theresa Nsa, June 11, 2002 Cross River; Chief and Mrs. Barnabas Igwe, September 1, 2002, Onitsha; Mr. Ogbonnaya Uche, February 8, 2003, Owerri; E. Emenike, February 13, 2003 Imo; Theodore Agwatu, February 22, 2003 Owerri; Emily Omope, March 3, 2003 Ibadan; Marshal Harry, March 5, 2003, Abuja; Bala Mai-Haice, March 17, 2003 Yamaltu Deba; Ajibola Olanipekun, June 21, 2003, Ibadan; Aminosoari Dikibo, February 6, 2004, Delta; Lateef Olaniyan, July 16, 2005, Ibadan; Peter Eboigbe, August 11, 2005, Benin, amongst others.
The House resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Kingsley Chinda titled: “Need to Undertake Further Investigations into Cases of Extrajudicial Killings and Other High Profile Murders.”
Chinda noted that the killings were allegedly carried out by men of some other security agencies and gunmen.
He expressed worry that the efforts of successive governments in tackling the problem of extrajudicial and other high profile killings had largely been ineffectual.
The lawmaker charged the Nigeria Police to be alive to its responsibilities of crime prevention and control.
He said that the several cases of extrajudicial and unresolved killings in the country included some traders at Apo (popularly known as Apo Six).
The motion was referred to the House Committees on Police Affairs, Public Safety and National Security (when constituted) to monitor the investigations of the cases and present an interim report to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.
The murder of the founding editor of Newswatch Magazine, Dele Giwa, on October 19, 1986 could be said to have triggered a boom of high profile murders which are yet to be unravelled by the police.
Recently, Muyiwa Ige, son of the late Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bola Ige said the family would reopen the case on their father’s gruesome murder under the current administration.
Muyiwa expressed strong believe that the family would get justice this time around and that the killers of his late father would be brought to book and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said the case has been stalled for several years, but expressed optimism that it would not be so under the new administration.
And several years after his father was assassinated, Mr. Sonny Harry, the first son of the late frontline politician, Dr. Marshall Harry, a chieftain of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, recalled how his father left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and was murdered on March 5, 2003, in his Abuja residence.
He expressed gratitude to Buhari, for standing by the family 10 years after the death of his father.
On Friday, October 6, 1995, between 8:15 and 8:30am, five men in a Peugeot 504 car came to the premises of 79-year-old nationalist and one of the founding leaders of the then Action Group, Pa Alfred Rewane at 100, Oduduwa Crescent, G.R.A, Ikeja.
At the gate, they told the gateman that they had a message from Life Flour Mills Sapele, for the chairman, Papa Rewane. They showed a paper which they claimed they wished to deliver to him. The gateman let them in.
Having gained entrance into the compound, they proceeded to the front door which was shut but not secured. They opened the door and entered the inner room, where they met some of the domestic staff. Challenged by the staff, they replied that they had some court processes from Warri to serve on Pa Rewane whom they later killed.