The embattled former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has welcomed the reported directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that the case of the slain former Attorney General of the Federation, Bola Ige, be revisited, saying he is confident that his name will be cleared at the end of the investigation.
Mr. Ige, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and Minister of Justice under the then Olusegun Obasanjo administration, was shot dead in his bedroom, in Bodija, Ibadan, on the night of December 23, 2001 by suspected assassins.
Mr. Omisore, who is currently in EFCC custody for corruption charges, was a key suspect in the case and was detained for months as the Obasanjo administration tried to no avail to apprehend the killers.
A national daily yesterday quoted credible sources as saying that Mr. Buhari had also directed the acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the killing of the ex-Deputy National Chairman, South-South, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Aminasoari Dikibo.
Mr. Dikibo was returning to his base from Abuja after a meeting when he was ambushed by suspected hired killers as he arrived Delta State. He was killed near Asaba, the state capital on October 22, 2004.
The deaths were some of the high profile political killings that took place under the Obasanjo administration between 1999 and 2007.
Omisore, who won election into the Senate on the platform of the PDP while in detention in connection with the assassination of Ige, described the decision of the Federal Government to revisit the killing of the former Minister of Justice and Dikibo as a good and a welcome development.
He, however, urged the FG to extend its search towards unraveling the killers of late Funso Williams and Oduayo Olagbaju.
Mr. Omisore also advised the government and the acting IGP to widen the scope of their investigation to all areas, rather than limiting themselves to a particular area or section.
“I am particularly happy that fresh investigation will further exonerate me and others who were wrongfully framed up, suffered untold hardship before we were finally acquitted and discharged by the court”, Omisore said in a statement by his media aide, Diran Odeyemi, on Tuesday.
“I pray that God will expose all the people and whoever is connected to all the killings under investigation while I wish the new IG the best of luck in the task”, he added.