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Keyamo’s Interview: Omisore Should Seek God’s Forgiveness over Ige Murder Case – THISDAY LIVE

FESTUS KEYAMO

FESTUS KEYAMO

Twelve years after the murder of Chief Bola Ige, who was then the Attorney General of the Federation, the major dramatis personae in the murder case are yet to shield their swords. Last week, Senator Iyiola Omisiore, who was arrested in connection with the murder of the former Attorney General and later discharged by the court, asked Lagos Lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, to apologise to Nigerians over the murder case. Keyamo was a prosecution witness in that case and was at the centre of the allegation linking Omisore to the murder of Ige. In this interview with THISDAY, Keyamo says Omisore should rather seek God’s forgiveness. He also expresses his views on whether Ige’s killers would ever be found.

In a recent interview, Senator Omisore brought back the memories of the Ige murder case, of which you were deeply involved in terms of private investigation. He demanded that you must apologise to Nigerians over your role in trying to rope him in. What would you say about this?

When I read Senator Omisore’s interview last Sunday, I simply shook my head and said to myself, this man is an unrepentant liar and a desperate politician. If Senator Omisore does not want to let sleeping dogs lie, we will help him wake up the dogs. Senator Omisore should kneel down before his God and ask for forgiveness. He knows very well how the murder case against him in respect of the death of Bola Ige was bungled when the PDP government under Senator Rasheed Ladoja took over the reigns of government in Oyo State and all kinds of drama began to happen. The Ministry of Justice in Oyo State that was very cooperative under Governor Lam Adesina began to act very funny.

As a prosecution witness in that case, I will say this authoritatively. If the prosecuting counsel, Chief Debo Akande, SAN, were to be alive, he would have told you the same thing. For instance, without just cause, the murder charge against Omisore’s brother, Fryo, and the other suspects was discontinued. In fact, the Police also bungled the investigation before the matter arrived in court.

For the information of the public, the prime witness in that case who was to testify against Senator Omisore and the other suspects, including his younger brother, was put in the same executive cell as Senator Omisore at Alagbon Close for more than three months before his trial started. This was late 2002 to early 2003. Imagine that nonsense! The name of that witness is Andrew Olofu who was the security guard to Bola Ige on the night of the murder. I also personally spoke with Andrew Olofu, together with two other journalists who were arrested along with me in March 2002. If you recall very well, I was arrested for alleged perjury along with two other journalists in a bid by the Police and their collaborators to divert attention away from the real issues.

Andrew Olofu was also arrested during that period. We were all detained at Force Headquarters in Abuja. So Andrew Olofu had enough time to tell us what he witnessed during the murder of Bola Ige during our detention in Abuja and when the Police was conveying all of us by road for almost 14 hours from Abuja back to Lagos. This is not a matter of hearsay. Andrew Olofu spoke to me directly and the two other journalists who are still alive today. It was after this young boy was handed over to Omisore to cater for during his detention at Alagbon Close that this boy changed his mind and his statement. The boy came to court and said he could not remember anything again. The family of Ige pinned so much hope on this boy. But after his volte face in court, Justice Atinuke Ige (Bola Ige’s wife) died that night. She could not take it any longer.

A week before the murder of Bola Ige, it was Omisore’s younger brother together with Olugbenga Adebayo (aka Fryo) who were instructed by Iyiola Omisore to assault Bola Ige at the palace of the Ooni of Ife. And this they actually did, in the full glare of the public when they forcefully removed his glasses and his cap, before he was rescued by his security details. Shortly after, Omisore granted interviews to the press, boasting that it was the last time Bola Ige will step into Ife again. And it turned out to be so.

Many people may want to believe his claim because your younger brother, Lucky, actually added a twist to the whole case by claiming that you made up those allegations.

That is very laughable. That plot to use my poor kid brother against me collapsed like a pack of cards. Nigerians even laughed at the whole plot, it was too cheap. My kid brother later expressed his regret publicly when Omisore later stopped funding him and paying his house rent. He granted an interview to PM News in 2007 regretting his actions and went on air in 2008 to ask Nigerians to beg me to forgive me. I have since done that. So Omisore is flogging a dead horse.

Omisore specifically alleged that those people who master-minded Ige’s death must have been those who roped him in so that the real culprits could escape. This is a weighty allegation. What is your reaction to this?

So who are these people who roped him in? Was it the same people who told him to order the assault of Ige? Nigerians must ask Omisore and the PDP led government in 2003 that amongst all the prominent sons and daughters of Osun State, why was he, a murder suspect at the time who was remanded in prison custody and awaiting trial for murder, why was he given a senatorial ticket over and above all others who had no moral burden hanging around their shoulders? If those who gave him the senatorial ticket were not anxious to compensate or placate him for something he did for them, then they should tell Nigerians why they gave him the ticket. Omisore should realise that there are three types of judgments: the judgment of man, the judgment of the law court and the judgment of God. If you think you are smart, you can escape the first two but you cannot escape the judgment of God.

That was 12 years ago. Then, you were much younger, both as a man and lawyer. There were insinuations that your driving force was the desire to be known and perhaps to serve as a launch pad for the achievement of your desire to be SAN. How would you react to this?

It is the height of ignorance and stupidity for anyone to think that it is when you are well known that you become a SAN. It is the amount of work put into the legal profession and not popularity that makes a lawyer a SAN. So those who floated that idea at that time, some years ago, should look for another reason because that one is too lame.

Looking back at the Ige murder case, were there things you would have handled differently, particularly, concerning the twists that characterised the case?

I don’t regret every step I took to unravel the truth. There is only one thing I should have done more in addition to all I did: just as I documented the confessions of Fryo by affidavit, by audio, by video and by his own hand writing, I should have also done the same with Andrew Olofu so that Nigerians would have seen and heard by themselves the naked truth as to what happened on the night Ige was killed.

In your view, will Ige killers be found

My simple answer to that is that when the killers are looking for the killers, then the killers will never be found. But one day, when the killers are no longer in control of the agencies in charge of investigations, then the killers may be found. I rest my case.

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39 Comments for “Keyamo’s Interview: Omisore Should Seek God’s Forgiveness over Ige Murder Case – THISDAY LIVE”

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  2. Micheal Toyosi

    The killers of Bola Ige if people don’t know you God know you but remember that time is coming that will be no hidding place for you.Osun people,have you seen the eyes of the Killer now”OMISORE”but you’r claiming to become a Governor in Osun,Mr kiler you’r lying may God not accept your prayer wicked person.

  3. Kunta

    Who killed Ige?

    Let me start by saying that I was in Osun in 2001 when the state was burning due to the desperation of the then DG to succeed his boss, the undiplomatic man called Akande. The truth is Omisore was becoming popular in the state at the time because of the undiplomatic ways Akande was managing the affairs of the state. He madly sacked many workers and started using very bad language against the same people that voted him into power, in fact some people died because of Akande’s style of governance that time. Bola Ige did not help the matter, he also was arrogantly lambasting the state civil servants, especially the teachers, what adjective did Ige not use to qualify them, we all know the real Ige for his nature. The masses in Osun were already complaining bitterly and openly against their unpopular governor, his then known unofficial DG, Lere Adebayo (the worst and most corrupt man in Akande’s administration) and AD god father, Ige. Of course Akande is not a corrupt man, but he did not display any diplomacy or wisdom throughout his time as governor.

    AD created the problem from begining, as APC may end up doing if care is not taken. Omisore, a man not known for anything than fronting for those in government shouldn’t have been made to deputise the like of Akande, but because AD people were looking for money to finance their campaign at the time, there was desperation to woo whoever was ready to finance the party, the price AD ended up paying for that was Ige! So AD killed Ige.

    Now APC is touring the same route, sometimes I sit down and just laugh at our politicians, they don’t learn anything from the past, except how to loot.

    • Anu

      @kunta. Sorry bro, all your dirty excuses does not hold water, neither to the people of Osun, Late Bola lge family or to the Nigeria people. No matter of excuses can allow a Man to kill his fellow man, people like you should be locked up from the society, including your big brother killer ‘Omisore’. Chief Akande tries his best for the good people of Osun State then, this is a man that tried to cut wastage resources by all means inorder to save the State some money. DG Omisore never favoured those cuts, including some rotten civil servants who are feeding fat from the little resources of the State.
      The bottom line is that, PDP, OBJ AND OMISORE SHALL ONE DAY PAY THE PRICE OF THEIR DEEDS FROM GOD. AMEN.
      THAT DAY OF RECKON SHALL COME SOONEST.
      EVEN AUDU OGBE LEFT PDP BECAUSE OF THEIR EVIL DEEDS AND TO SAVE HIS LIFE AND THAT OF HIS FAMILY.
      PDP IS AN EVIL PARTY. PERIOD.

    • owolabi

      @kunta, your name does not suggest you are a Yoruba man, how come you know osun politics more than the citizens. you shot yourself on the leg by praising chief Akande and at the same time abusing him.so uncle Ige was killed because Baba Akande sacked some teachers. but you did not remember that chief Akande employed many SCIENCE teachers who are still in service till now. your ignorance and dogmatic followership blind folded you that you failed to considered the reasons given by Akande for the sack of those teachers. He, Akande argued that most of the teachers then were of then had attain retirement age but had altered their records to remain in service, also majority of them are Yoruba, Islamic/CRK, economics and government teachers, he also claim there are many non existing schools where government was paying salary to ghost workers; so you want those teachers to remain in service when their services are no more needed? Then because Akande was using bad languages and Ige back him up that is why your mentor, Omisoore should impeach Akande and murder Ige. If you are being paid to promote the killer better think twice because you might end up being killed.

    • Very sorry indeed. This man, u talking out of ur senses. To comment on the attitude of the accuse named, u were busy saying rubish of highest order. Anyway u portrayed urself as likes of ur mentor. Any no hidden place for the wicked. By what comes out of ur month, u hv implicated urself and u will share from the judgemt of the supreme-being when the judgemt comes.

    • kayode

      @kunta. You are a bloody fool

    • JIDE JONES

      TRY TO BE HONEST IN ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS AND NOT BE BIASED,QED.

  4. Uhmn, Nigeria! I am not a judge to determine who the killer of Bola Ige was but this article I think was written with good intention however I could not and will never understand our mentality in this country.

    So someone committed a murder in this life and we could not put them to trial and we ask them to ask forgiveness from God that we don’t physically see? Now you see where our wahala gets deeper everyday… some people we agree amongst ourselves that they are too big/famous to be thrown into life imprisonment?

    How do you suppose bad people change? By prayers? No! People change their attitude when they realise that the consequenses of their actions is way greater that the little pleasure they derive from their actions.

    I am convinced Nigeria God is a different one from the rest of the world.

  5. Nigeria Abroad

    “Whoever kill by sword shall also die by sword”. I am no a lawyer but we know the true Lawyer, Festus Keyamo, keep your good work and it shall be well with you IN God’s name. It’s frustrating when killer(s) of this Great man could not be brought to justice, imagine the alleged killer won a senatorial election from jail! Nigeria!Was that justice? He’s planing to become a Governor of the most peaceful state in Nigeria again, I dey laugh ooo

  6. Kunta

    Well you guys can say what you like. I did not say Akande’s style of governance like sacking of workers lead to the death of Ige, neither did I say Akande shouldn’t have reduced the staff strength, all I mean is the man did not use diplomacy in the way he was carrying out his program at the time. That was the cause of unpopularity of the AD regime at that time. That was why some rogues had the got to remove Ige’s cap without being mobbed at the scene of the incident, imagine somebody tried same in 1999 or 2000, when Ige was like god to Osun masses. As per who killed Ige, if you a typical Yoruba, ti o mo owe, ti o si mo oro gbo, you will know what I mean by AD killed Ige. Thank you all.

    • bisola

      @KUNTA, GOD BLESS YOU, EVERYTHING START WHEN CHIEF BOLA IGE WAS DENY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE THAT A.D GIVE IT TO CHIEF OLU FALAE, CHIEF BOLA IGE WAS NOT HAPPY. TO PAY THEM BACK, HE JOIN OBASANJO’S GOVERNMENT AND THE REST OF A.D IS NOT HAPPY.

      MY QUESTION IS THAT WHAT IS GOVERNMENT OF LAM ADESINA DOING THAT TIME?

      WHAT IS THE WHOLE A.D DOING THAT TIME?

      WHERE IS OLUSEGUN OSOBA THAT TIME/

      IS THERE NO ANYONE THAT CAN TELL THE TRUTH?

      WHAO IS BEHIND THE DEATH OD ODUNAYO OLAGBAJU?

      WE NIGERIAS ARE NOT FOOL, TINUBU SHOULD GO AND SEAT DOWN SOMEWHERE, WHAT HAPPEN TO FUNSHO WILLIAWS, WHY DID HER WIFE TOOK APOINTMENT FROM OBASANJO’S GOVERNMENT? WHY DID ABRAHAM ADESANYA DAUGHTER TOOK APOINTMENT FROM OBASANJO’S GOVERNMENT.

      WHAT A.D DID TO OMISORE IN AD, THEY WANTED TO DO IT TO OLUSEGUN OSOSBA IN IJEBU IGBO, BUT HE TOOK AGBERO TO BABA ADESANYA’S HOUSE THAT TIME, SO THEY COULD’N’T STOP HIM.
      ALL OF YOU SHOULD GO AND SIT DOWN.

    • Kunta or what call urself if there is another fool on earth may be just been born. Was AD a group or an entity? The general question: who master minded the killing of UBI? Aje ke lana omo ku loni tani o pe aje to ke lana lo pa omo. Read the analysis of the barrister to unravel the circustances of the whole scenerio, and then personalize the prayer that the calamities that befell the family of uncle B.I should befall your family b4 the end oif this year then it will anchored on the soldier of pdp, case closed.

  7. Keyamo coached Fryo to implicate Omisore during his world conference.But today,where is Fryo.This is political and I know a day is coming when the killers will be known to people.The truth of the matter is both Atiku and TInubu should be ask for Uncle Ige killers.

  8. Adekunle

    Anybody that advocates, supports or campaigns 4 a MURDERER like OMISORE will have 2 be judged accordingly. Everybody knows where Ige met his untimely death. Omisore is denying being involved in d killing of Uncle Ige. He has forgotten that d Lord God is there 2 judge everybody according to his/her work. Well no reasonable osun indigene will cast his/her vote 4 a murderer like Omisore. I ‘m very sure of d fact that Omisore cannot win his ward if even he contests as a councillor, talkless of contest for governorship. We need not 2 bother ourselves on his contest. It is because PDP has no reasonable candidate that made PDP 2 result 2 fielding Omisore, whom PDP thinks would win through his thuggery. Let us wait and see that money won’t be able 2 buy our consciences in the state of osun.

  9. Ibromish

    Omisore Iyiola is an EX-SENATOR, or WAS a senator & NOT a serving senator…it’s a fact!
    I know what he’s capable of; there’s a general saying that Short people foment trouble to seek attention, so it’s not a doubting story or incident.
    You wanna know why he lost out in the last Osun polls?
    Because rigging was not ALLOWED to rein like previous elections, he also lost in his ward!…people needed change NOT money sharing to some sycophants and they term that dividend of democracy?
    state budget is for ALL not for selective persons.
    He would be defeated once again (BACK GROUD!) like it happened in 2011.
    He has NEVER perfomed and has NO goodwill for the people of Osun State.

  10. Seyi Oluwaseyin

    The day a murderer will win election in a sophisticated State of Osun will mark the end of their civilization in the Southwest. Those who followed the events after Fryo discussed with Kayamo still know that the lawyer was detained to pervert justice. Well. Earthly judges can set a murderer free but God’s judgments are never based on sentiments. Those who killed Bola Ige cannot hide from God.

  11. Weldone Barr Keyamo. You have seen major parts of the drama if not all. You have said part if not all. Conscience is an open wound… God of vegiance never sleeps nor slumbers. Everyone that took part or had hands or say in the death of chief Bola Ige will have their figers bitten, no matter how highly or lowly placed. They have sinned against God and against humanity and God shall NO-HOW but punish the unjust. Just a matter of time and God’s TIME is the best.

  12. Anonymous

    Please Osun people, be wise in the coming election.

  13. Debo oyunkun

    @Keyammo.You need Gods forgiveness in the kind of game you played to distort vital information in Bola Iges case.Because you wanted public fame you turned thecase upside down.You tailored the case as if Omisore has no God.You diverted the attention of the Prosecutors from the original criminals and you put unnecessary burden on Iyi Omisore.Your own days are coming when Nigeria will laugh at you.and youAkande {Baby Oni pofpof) would not have been relevant if not otunba Omisore paid you put 22million Naira to perfect the case on Iyi Omisore butGod turned your cancel into foolishness.
    Keyamo and you put Baba oni Pofpof ,we now have the copy of the check paid to Keyamo and it will be released soon.
    AAkande and Keyamo thought they were doing good things when they sacrificed Bola death case for money .They made the killers on the loose.
    After senator Omisore must have finished with yo state it will be Keyamo turn..Ika logo Keyamo yen

  14. Debo oyunkun

    Ika lomo Keyamo yen,digbolugi .ni e soko fun.

  15. Akin

    festus keyamo said it all, it was obvious PDP killed Bola ige. bcos there was no way they could seize south west states power without killing uncle bola ige, omisore was indicted bcos he was among them,meticilously observing how d events that led to uncle bola ige’s murder and wht festus said above,omisore was among d killers. and if care isnt not taking he will b sent back to jail
    no where in d world is a serving criminal in prison campaigned and won election to bcom a senator.do PDP think we are fools like them? see i was there at d freedom park where omisore was saying rubbish,tell him we will collect his money and vote him down if he hasnt been sent back to jail by that time. omisore hv shown too much desperation to bcom d gov of d state and there no way u can b there unless u rig and u will surely regret it if u try it. murdere.

  16. Akin

    festus keyamo said it all, it was obvious PDP killed Bola ige. bcos there was no way they could seize south west states power without killing uncle bola ige, omisore was indicted bcos he was among them,meticilously observing how d events that led to uncle bola ige’s murder and wht festus said above,omisore was among d killers. and if care isnt not taking he will b sent back to jail
    no where in d world is a serving criminal in prison campaigned and won election to bcom a senator.do PDP think we are fools like them? see i was there at d freedom park where omisore was saying rubbish,tell him we will collect his money and vote him down if he hasnt been sent back to jail by that time. omisore hv shown too much desperation to bcom d gov of d state and there no way u can b there unless u rig and u will surely regret it if u try it. murdere.and osun pple dont want mediocres like PDP and omisore.

  17. sina okemesi ekiti

    I had gone through all comments,let wait i see the judgement of GOD.

  18. sholus

    Keyamo has end up his views by saying; d killers can not search 4 killers. By GOD’s grace, when power shift by 2015, d just will search 4 Ige’s killers. Omisore should 4get his governorship ambition because “OLORUN ESAN TI DE LATI GBA ESAN LORI ASEBI ATI APANIYAN”.

  19. member

    this is serious osun people be vigilant and beware of killer.osun adara o

  20. Olododo

    Senator Iyioshi Omishebi,
    All Nigerians should now know that Omishebi is the killer of Chief Bola Ige and that is why he gave Obasanjo and his cohort order to release and make him a senator right from the prison and threathing to reveal everything if he is not made a senator. Just imagine a prisoner becoming a senator without election , People you can see that Poverty Development Party (PDP) is a deadly virus to our dear country Nigeria. May God almighty take all PDP members life immeadiately amen.

    • Debo oyunkun

      @ Olododo.
      I think the kind of Lawyer Keyamo should be delighted to meet with you since you ‘ve been able to write out the killer of Bola age as Iyishor Omishebi .Attention Nigeria police please arrest olododo through his email address/phone if he does not present that person within 48 hours
      Please reward him with you50million naira if he complies

  21. Anonymous

    And the killer is. ……… Iyiola Omisore

  22. Anonymous

    mr killer may god will not anwser ur prayer and u can nt be a gvno of osun state

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  24. Imodoye

    All the people pointing accusing fingers , condemning and acqiuting and rejoicing
    in issues in which the best contribution they can offer is at best vague should think twice ,or even three times.When Uncle was dining with the devil , who among you advised him that bad company can lead to anything?It lead to an end.Do not judge because with the same measure that you dish out today……….
    Nigeria as a whole today requires divine intervention.Its roots are deep in decay,so what do you expect to find in its stem and even leaves?So y’ all need to go and sit down somewhere and get busy for the African spring.God help us all.

  25. olooto omoolodo

    Keyamo, God that Omisore serve will surely repay your evil blackmail. We all watchFryo video and saw how you dress him in white garment placing Bible in his hand with cross made from cardboard paper. How did Fryo suddenly began to wear c&s dress? You can only fool the fools!
    For your information Senator Omisore, PhD, will be voted this year as Osun gov and millions of blackmail can not stop our resolve to set the people free. My question is who killed Williams in Lagos, Dipo Dina in Ogun, Odunayo Olagbaju in Osun, Ayo Daramola in Ekiti? Aaaarr, Tinubu and his killer squad commander, ogbeni raufu e beru Olohun.

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