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Senior advocate urges government to prosecute Bola Ige’s killers


 Bola Ige

Bola Ige

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Lateef Fagbemi, has urged the Federal Government to bring the killers of the late Chief Bola Ige to justice.

He stated this yesterday while delivering the 2016 Chief Bola Ige Memorial Symposium in Lagos.

Fagbemi said politics, which is a dominant feature of democracy has become a harbinger of sorrow, pain and unwarranted deaths, adding that politicians have over the years been settling scores by resorting to assassinations.

In a lecture titled “Political Killings and our criminal justice system: The Impediments,” he said like other countries of the world where politics is usually played with bitterness, Nigeria has had its unfortunate share of such killings and still continues to witness this unpalatable and gory side of this system of governance.

According to him: “Chief James Ajibola Idowu Adegoke Ige (SAN) was no doubt a political colossus whose reputation and personality have remained engraved in the psyche of Nigerians, since he emerged in the political scene few years before independence.

“To me, ‘Uncle Bola’ as we fondly called him was a perfect blend of the sagacity of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the oratory prowess of Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe and the selflessness of Sir Ahmadu Bello.”

Proffering a solution, the senior advocate said, “resolution of political killing is a task for all. We must be security conscious at all times. We must promptly provide vital information to the police to apprehend criminals. The government must give security forces the necessary support to investigate such killings.

“Chief Bola Ige does not need our money. All he needs from us is to keep his spirit alive and the best way to do this is to punish his killers.

The chairman of the symposium, Senator Shehu Sani described Ige as an institution, intellectual, a principled idealist and revolutionary. “He was consistently vehement whenever there was the need to speak against tyranny and injustice,” he said.

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