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Police Set To Re-open Dele Giwa’s Murder Case

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Indications are rife that the Nigerian Police might re-open the case of slain journalist, Late Dele Giwa, The Punch reports.

The decision to re-open the case is as a result of  the contradictory statement made by the police officer who was in charge of investigating the case at that time, former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Chris Omeben (rtd).

Omeben, who celebrated his 80th birthday recently told news men that the prime suspect in the case, Kayode Soyinka escaped, that was why the killer could not be unveiled.

Speaking on the issue, Olabisi Kolawole, the Police Public Relations Officer, said: “Regarding reopening of Dele Giwa’s case, yes, (the) police can re-open it, if there are new leads. There is no statute of limitation to criminal investigations.”

The decision to re-open the case is coming on the heels of the contradictory statement made by the police officer, who was in charge of investigating the case at that time, former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Chris Omeben.

Meanwhile, the former Lagos state commissioner of police, Abubakar Tsav, has described as false Omeben’s remarks.

He insisted that he investigated the case, adding that the case was frustrated because his team of investigators asked to interrogate military personnel, who served in Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s Government.

Tsav said: “We called the late Gani Fawehemi, Florence Ita-Giwa and we called (Kayode) Soyinka, he too came, and Ray Ekpu, we took statements from all these people.

“At the end of my investigations and from the evidence we received, somebody called Dele Giwa and asked him where he was living.

“The person said he was going to Kano and that he would want to break his journey to see Dele Giwa in his house and that Dele Giwa should tell him where he was living. When we got that information, we knew that the person wanted to know where exactly Dele Giwa was.

“Not quite long, somebody came on a motorcycle to deliver the letter to Dele Giwa’s son (at that time, Soyinka was in the room), he took the letter and gave it to his father.

 “Dele Giwa saw the padded letter with the Nigerian Coat of Arms and he said ‘this must be from the Presidency’ and when he attempted to open it the thing went off.

“When I investigated to this level, I wrote my report and sought for permission from the AIG who was at that time Victor Pam (he was the one in charge) for me to search the offices and houses of (Col.) Halilu Akilu and Togun, it was at this time that Omeben was transferred to take over from Victor Pam.

“I investigated the case but met with this frustration because the file never got back to me.”

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reopen investigations into unresolved cases of high profile political and extra judicial killings in Nigeria.

The House made the charge to the Federal Government in order to bring the culprits to justice.

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