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Obasanjo had a killer
squad when he was
president — Former
associate
By DailyPost Staff on April
21, 2013
A former associate of ex-
President Olusegun
Obasanjo, Mr. Richard
Odusanya, on Saturday
alleged that the former
chairman of the ruling
Peoples Democratic Party’s
Board of Trustees was in
charge of a killer squad
that was formed under
the military regime of late
Gen. Sani Abacha.
Odusanya reportedly
worked behind the scenes
when Obasanjo was in
power.
In a live interview, with an
online news portal, Sahara
Reporters, Odusanya
alleged that the former
President lodged the killer
squad at a State Security
Service headquarters,
known as ‘Yellow House.’
He appeared on the
programme alongside Mr.
Segun Seriki, a PDP
member in Ogun State and
a member of the House of
Representatives in the
Third Republic, under the
Social Democratic Party.
According to Odusanya,
the squad was used for
political assassinations
and was responsible for
the unresolved killings of
politicians under
Obasanjo’s administration.
He further alleged that
Obasanjo knew about the
murder of the former
Minister of Justice and
Attorney-General of the
Federation, Chief Bola Ige,
and a South-South
politician, Chief Harry
Marshall.
Odusanya said, “I believe
that a killer squad created
during the Abacha regime
was kept by Obasanjo and
housed at SSS
headquarters, known as
Yellow House, and was
used for political
assassinations.”
Explaining Obasanjo’s
alleged link with Ige’s
death, Odusanya said, “The
night Chief Bola Ige was
assassinated, a top PDP
member confided in me
that Obasanjo told him
Bola Ige was down.”
Concerning the murder of
Marshall, he said, “I also
took a gift to Marshall and
he was assassinated just a
few weeks later.”
Odusanya also alleged
that the ex-president
benefitted from an
account with the defunct
Trans-International Bank
and that from the funds in
the account, Obasanjo,
asked him to deliver a
Peugeot 607 and the sum
of N500,000 to a woman
(name withheld).
When contacted for
Obasanjo’s comments, his
Chief of Staff, Mr. Victor
Durodola, said his boss
was not available to react
to the allegations.
He challenged those who
made the allegations to
come out with their
evidence.
Durodola said, “The former
president is not available.
Therefore, he is not in a
position to respond to the
allegations. However, my
personal comment is that
these are people who
indulge in blackmail.
“Why are they using
online television? They
should come to Channels,
AIT, or NTA; these are
television stations that are
known.
“Definitely, that is not
Obasanjo’s character they
are describing and
everybody knows that. Of
all the military rulers, the
issue of killer squad
cannot be attributed to
him. That was not his
style. He is not around
now but I doubt if he
would even give it any
attention whatsoever.
He stressed that the ex-
president could not have
been responsible for the
unresolved killings under
his administration.
He further argued that
Obasanjo had no reason to
be involved in Ige’s
assassination.
“We would like to see it
(the interview) but these
are issues you know
cannot be possible. The
killings were unresolved,
yes, but you know that
nobody could have
attributed that to him. He
would kill his minister for
what? So that he
(Obasanjo) could be
minister?” Durodola said.
Another Obasanjo aide,
Vitalis Ortese, told one of
our correspondents on the
telephone that the
allegation was a non-
issue.
He said, “I don’t know
them. Let them prove the
allegation. I don’t know
any Segun Seriki or
Richard Odusanya.”
Also reacting to the
allegations, Bola Ige’s
eldest child, Mrs. Funsho
Adegbola, told SUNDAY
PUNCH that her father’s
killers are still alive.
Adegbola, a lawyer, called
for the reopening of the
Bola Ige murder case.
She said, “I can’t put
anything past them. I
haven’t seen the
interview. I don’t know
the content of the report
but I can’t put anything
past them. I believe the
people who killed my
father – the foot soldiers
and the people who sent
them – are alive. They are
not people from Mars.
“A murder case can go on
for 30 years or more. If
there is political will and
the government wants to
show that people should
pay for their crimes, this
can be done. The family
can’t do anything about it
because it is the state
versus the suspects. The
family can’t sue; it is the
state that can take action.”
Ige, a Senior Advocate of
Nigeria, was shot dead in
his Ibadan home on
December 23, 2001.
Following a mass protest
over the killing, the
Federal Government had
deployed troops in the
South-Western state to
prevent a breakdown of
law and order.
While security agencies
had arrested some
suspects allegedly
involved in the murder,
including the then deputy
governor of Osun State –
Ige’s home state – Mr.
Iyiola Omisore, they were
however discharged and
acquitted.
Just like Ige, Marshall
Harry, who was the
National Coordinator,
South-South geopolitical
zone of the All Nigerian
Peoples Party Presidential
Campaign was murdered
by at his No,28 Karaye
Close, Garki II, Abuja
residence on March 5,
2003, barely a month to
the presidential election in
which Obasanjo was re-
elected.
The ANPP chieftain was
said to have been killed in
the presence of his
daughter and his niece,
Loliya Harry.
The only security guard in
the house, Mr. Polini Aniya,
said the assailants
numbering about five
forced their way into the
ANPP chieftain’s residence
around 3am.
The ANPP, and it
presidential candidate,
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,
had insisted that agents of
the PDP and Federal
Government assassinated
Harry.
At Harry’s burial ceremony,
Buhari, alleged that in its
desperation to rig itself
into power, the PDP-
controlled Federal
Government bankrolled
assassins to eliminate
political opponents.
After the incident, the
police arrested four
suspects in connection
with the murder.
However, after seven
years in detention, the
accused standing trial for
the murder were
discharged and acquitted
by an Abuja High Court.
The court cited lack of
enough evidence to
sustain the charge against
them.
[Punch]

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