The name of former President Olusegun Obasanjo has shockingly been linked to the murder of a former Minister of Justice Bola Ige.
This damning accusation was made by a radio presenter, Akanda Oro, popularly known as Awikonko who insists that ex-President had a hand in the murder of Bola Ige.
According to The Punch, Oro, also an online journalist, alleged on live radio that Obasanjo killed Ige.
Awikonko was quoted as saying: “Obasanjo’s murder of Bola Ige, if not for the shortage of time, I would have listed the names of those murdered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his regime. Bloodshed during Obasanjo Aremu’s regime was too much (foolish old man).
“There are repercussions for every evil deed done… In case you hear of my death, do not be sad. Perhaps this is the only mission I have been sent by God to accomplish. The fellow that killed a whole minister of justice and attorney general of the federation went scot-free.
“So, what will it cost him to kill me, a commoner? Let him go and commit suicide or take himself before Ogun shrine to swear that he does not know anything about the murder of Bola Ige and Marshall Harry or that all his children die in his lifetime.”
Expectedly, these accusations have not been treated lightly by Obasanjo who has now slammed a N1bn libel suit on the radio journalist.
In the suit filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), Obasanjo said the allegations were malicious and false and demanded N1billion from the journalist in damages.
The suit filed before Justice O.A. Adenyi of Apo Federal Capital Territory High Court with number FCT/HC/CV/2920/18, called for Awikonko to retract the publication.
It read in part: “A declaration that the publication complained of are false, malicious, unjustified, injurious, scornful, distasteful, unsavoury and have exposed the claimant to public odium, ridicule and disdain both nationally and internationally.
“A declaration that the words complained of do not constitute a valid exercise by the defendant of his freedom of speech.
“The sum of one billion naira only against the defendant as general damages for the defamation of the claimant’s hard-earned reputation.”
Chief Ajibola James Ige, a prominent Yoruba leader and a lawyer per excellence was assassinated on Sunday, December 23, 2001.
Since then, the question on the lips of many is: Who killed Bola Ige? The question keeps begging for an answer despite the fact that the heinous act happened over a decade ago.