Ige’s death: My hands are clean – Ministerial nominee
Who killed former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige?
This question resonated on the floor of the Senate on Thursday as one of the ministerial nominees, Alhaji Abduljelili Oyewale Adesiyan, laboured to clear his name from accusation that he had a hand in the death of Chief Ige.
The former Justice Minister was assassinated in his Bodija home on December 23, 2001.
The Senate resumed the screening of ministerial nominees which started on Wednesday.
Former Adamawa State Governor, Mr. Boni Haruna, was the first to appear before the Senate for his screening.
When it was the turn of Adesiyan to be screened, Senate President, David Mark, as usual, asked Adesiyan to make personal explanation especially those things that were not in the curriculum vitae which he submitted to the Senate.
Adesiyan, who was nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan from Osun State, thanked the Senators for the opportunity offered him to stand before them to speak as a ministerial nominee.
He noted that he was one of those wrongly accused to have had a hand in the death of Chief Ige.
He said, “It may interest you Distinguished Senators to know that I am one of those wrongly accused to have had a hand in the death of my mentor, Chief Bola Ige. It was all political blackmail because I knew nothing about the death of Chief Bola Ige.
“I was detained for three and half years for something I knew nothing about. I stand here to say that I knew nothing about the death of Chief Bola Ige.”
Adesiyan described Chief Ige as his political mentor whom he had no reason whatsoever to kill.
There was sustained murmuring in the chamber as Adesiyan appeared to be emotional in his conduct.
Senator Ehigie Uzamere (Edo South) interjected, raised his hand and was recognized by Mark.
Uzamere said, “Mr. Nominee, you mentioned in the course of your speech about the death of Chief Bola Ige. Can you swear by the Quran that you do not know anything about the death of Bola Ige.”
Some Senators protested and shouted that the Senate chamber is not a place of worship or a shrine.
Others said that there is no Quran in the chamber.