Incident Summary:

12/23/2001: Chief Bola Ige was shot by a seven-member gang of gunmen who broke into his home. The killing was allegedly done in response to an ongoing political dispute. Ige was the leader of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the party that controlled six Southwest states. Disagreement stemmed from determination of the PDP leaders to win the Southwest states in the 2003 election. Although the gang of assassins confessed to murdering Ige, all suspects accused of hiring the gang, including Senator Iyiola Omisore, and 11 others, were cleared and freed by Oyo state High courts sitting in Ibadan.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Attorney General and Minister of Justice
Specific Description Chief Bola Ige
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Ige was shot close to the lower rib with a pistol and a special bullet that dissolved.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Mr. Damola Adebayo (a.k.a. "Fryo"), the prime suspect in the case, alleged that Osun Deputy Governor, Otunba Iyiola Omisore, and some leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were the masterminds and sponsors of the murder. Members of the 7-man gang who killed Ige claim there were 19 sponsors in total, including a member of the Oyo State Government House, a top official of the Osun State House of Assembly, a local government chairman in Lagos State, a local government chairman in Osun State and a police top brass. Omisore denied these accusations. No one has been convicted in the case, and the inability to track down the killers has been viewed as a grand cover up by the police and presidency authorities.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Democratic Party (PDP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 12
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Nigeria;Man Names 19 Sponsors of Ige's Murder,” All Africa, March 13, 2002
“Eight Years After, Where Are Ige’s Killers?” This Day: All Africa Global Media, December 22, 2009
“Nigeria; Shock, Grief, Disbelief Trail Ige's Assassination,” Africa News, December 25, 2001