'We were paid huge money in Abuja' - Suspects in ex-minister's murder

Report said two of the suspects confessed that one of them travelled to Abuja to collect the money for the operation.

The late Bola Iige

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, had last week re-opened the murder case, and set up a team of investigators to unravel Ige's killers.

According to Vanguard, the investigators have discovered that four days before Ige was killed, the prime suspects had gone to Abuja to collect huge sums of money to cover the cost of the operation.

“In fact, about four days to the date of Bola Ige’s murder, one of the prime suspects travelled to Abuja for funds. Even during the first encounter, the visit to the palace of the Ooni of Ife, where the cap of Bola Ige was removed and thrown away, the prime suspects had returned from Abuja with cash,” a source told the newspaper.One of the suspects, who was cheated when the money was shared, was said to have let out information about the money.

The suspects, however, were unable to identify the financier, but the source said the police will have no hard time unravelling the sponsor, given new technology and information, report said.

On whether the financier was a government official, the source said: “For now, that is the mystery we need to unravel but with modern methods of investigation and new technology, the person will be uncovered.”

It was gathered that theSpecial Investigation Team might be asked to re-open other unresolved murders, including Harry Marshall's, if its able to crack Ige's murder and bring his killers to book.

Ige was shot dead on December 23, 2001, by unknown gunmen in his Ibadan, Oyo State home after his security guards took permission to go and eat.

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