The Murder Case Of Bola Ige Can Be Reopened – IG Arase

The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, , the immediate past , , and the current , , may be in for a torrid time should the IG of Police reopen the .

The Inspector-General of Police, , on Monday June 1, 2015, threatened that the gruesome murder case of former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, late Chief Bola Ige (SAN), could be reopened.

Chief Iyiola Omisore, Jelili Adesiyan, and Wale Oladipo were, in the past, arrested and charged for the murder of Bola Ige; however, they were discharged by the courts after a series of trials.

Speaking during a programme, “View from the top,” on , Arase explained that was a member of the special homicide unit that investigated the case, but the investigation into the murder failed because it was not based on proper intelligence and political atmosphere at the time was not favourable.

He said, “Some people were charged to court but just as I said before, our investigation was not intelligence-led. So, we tended to situate it within the political complexion of Osun at that time. And you will also remember that there were a lot of distractions when that investigation started.

“So, it looked as if the attention of the police was diverted from the original cause of the event. I remember we also brought in the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and we wanted to ascertain if the people that we had in custody were the real people.

“So, we administered the polygraph examination but it did not work out. The polygraph test showed that they were not the perpetrators. The scientific aid we were trying to get was not in tandem with the circumstantial evidence that we had gathered. And when you have such issues, the suspect is given the benefit of the doubt. So, they walked away.”

Asked what circumstances would warrant the murder case of Bola Ige to be reopened, considering that the case had not been closed, Arase said that tthe case would be revived if new evidence emerged.

He said, “Murder cases don’t have statutes of limitation. Cases can always be reopened as it is done in other countries. Once there is fresh evidence to suggest that the probability of involvement or the criminal responsibility of one of the suspects in that matter is higher, it can always be reopened. You hardly close a criminal investigation that way.”

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