Political Assasinations in Nigeria: Must politics be do or die affair?
by Comrade Daniel Aremu
Do or die politics! Below is a list of high profile political assassinations in Nigeria in modern Nigeria. Must politics be a do or die affair in Nigeria? cry cry cry! In 2003, Dr. Ayo Daramola, a PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Ekiti State, and a consultant on Social Protection and HIV/AIDS to the World Bank Country Office in Abuja was murdered in his
bedroom at his home town Ijan-Ekiti. A nutritionist who recently joined the race, his death is linked to the intra-party crisis, which has thrown up political enemies after the death of the third term agenda in the state. He was stabbed, shot and hacked to death.
Engineer Funso Williams, PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State and chairman, Board of Directors of Nigeria Maritime Authority (NMA) was murdered on July 27, 2006. Police are still investigating this assassination. Forensic experts were invited from London to assist them. The police arrested PDP gubernatorial aspirants in the state and some members of the NMA board. They were held for about three weeks.
On July 16, 2005 unknown gunmen killed Alhaji Lateef (alias Lati Osogbo) a close associate of the strongman of Ibadan politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adebibu, in Ibadan.
Alhaji Sulaimon Olajokun, a Lagos-based businessman and one of the ‘financiers’ of the group, Oranmiyan was murdered on his way to Lagos from Ile-Ife Osun State, in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on May 15, 2005. He was a chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
On December 23, 2001, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, was killed inside his bedroom at Ibadan, Oyo State. The police declared one Olugbenga Adebayo, ( a.k.a. Fryo) wanted in connection with the murder. The trial of suspects took many twists and turns; several judges resigned from the case, and Ige’s wife died after one of the futile hearings to trace the killers. The Oyo government withdrew the case from the court in 2004.
Mrs. Emily Omope (a.k.a . Thatcher), an AD member, died on March 3, 2003 at the UCH Ibadan after an acid attack in December 2002.
Unknown assailants in Lagos killed Dele Arojo a PDP gubernatorial aspirant on November 25, 2002.
On December 19, 2001, Mr. Odunayo Olagbaju, a member of the Osun State House of Assembly, was killed in front of the Moore police station, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Ahmed Sardauna, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State also fell to the assassin’s bullet in 2003
Otunba Dipo Dina [/b]Candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in the 2007 governorship election in Ogun State, Dipo Dina, shot dead in Ota by suspected assassins in 2010
[b]MR. Ahmed Onipede, a former special adviser on mineral resources to the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, was murdered by unknown assailants in 2010.
Onipede’s body was found in a pool of blood in his home in Badagry, Lagos.
Atiba Local Government Area Chairman, Alhaji Azeez Adegbile, was assassinated by a yet-to-be-identified three-man gang.
Adegbile 55, was murdered in his sleep at his Odunerin Compound home around Akodudu area of Isale Oyo about 11.50 am.
A chairmanship aspirant on the platform of Action Congress (AC), in Ward II of Ibadan South East Local Government area of Oyo State, Hon. Taiwo Falade, was also murdered by gunmen at his Odo-Oba, Ibadan, residence.
A key member of the legal team of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, in the election petition case over the 2007 election, is also dead. He died after being set ablaze by unknown assassins.
Mr. Jonathan Adebisi Ogundere, who was the oldest lawyer in the team, was abducted from his country home in Oyan, Odo Otin Local Government Area by some people, who drove him to a village called Igbotele and set him ablaze.