Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has condemned the election of Iyiola Omisore as the national secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a press statement released on Saturday April 2, Soyinka described Omisore who was the Deputy Governor of Osun state at the time Bola Ige, a former attorney-general of the federation (AGF) was killed, as “one of the prime suspects” in the murder case.
The nobel laureate added that the election of Omisore raises questions about President Buhari’s pledge to reopen the probe.
“Presidential response was swift. Buhari ordered the Inspector-General of Police to re-open those files and resume investigations. The nation has patiently awaited even a hint of work in progress. Most, I am certain, expect no less than a revaluation of prior investigative efforts.
“None, to my knowledge, has attempted to rush the chief of police and his team into judgment. We all take solace in the knowledge that the wheels of justice grind slowly, but they arrive. Eventually.
“However, an unusual turn of events has raised questions. The ruling party, headed by the same President, has just elected as its national secretary one of the prime suspects of this most notorious of the nation’s unsolved murders.
“Not for a moment does one suggest that mere accusation, even trial, presumes guilt. More than a mere verdict is involved in any trial, however. The process of arriving at that ultimate destination – justice – is integral to the very concept of democracy and equality under the law. That process is one of the structures of civic education.
“Unresolved till today were quite a number of untidy, even suspect aspects of investigation, prosecution and trials, aspects which revealed improper cell co-habitation by suspects under custody.
“That this led necessarily to recantations of earlier depositions is not thereby proven, but the fact remains that such U-turns did take place. One was so brazen that it induced a heart attack that proved fatal to the victim’s wife, another Justice – Mrs. Atinuke Ige.
“That the prime suspect was privileged in a number of improper ways went beyond mere allegation. Political interventions, including pressure on the judiciary during bail hearings cannot be denied. A judge under such pressure kept a diary with accusations, page of which he consigned to friends for safe keeping.
“With the emergence of the said prime suspect as National Secretary of the Ruling Party, is the Inspector-General of Police equipped to confront political obstacles in a resumption of investigation? Is there any guarantee that the result will see the light of day? How suspect, ab initio, will be the conclusions, given the present political ordering?”
Soyinka concluded by saying that “investigative revisit is already hamstrung and disrobed of credibility,” given the endorsement of Omisore by Buhari.