Oyinlola’s lawyer set ablaze, dies
By Our reporter
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola
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A key member of the legal team of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, in the election petition case over the 2007 election, is dead. He died on Thursday after being set ablaze by unknown assassins.
Mr. Jonathan Adebisi Ogundere, who was the oldest lawyer in the team, was abducted from his country home in Oyan, Odo Otin Local Government Area by some people, who drove him to a village called Igbotele and set him ablaze.
The assailants were said to have asked him to give them some documents, before setting him ablaze. They left him burning in the bush, where he was discovered and taken to the state hospital, Osogbo. He died around 3pm on Thursday.
The late Ogundere was called to the Bar in 1970 and was in charge of the secretariat of the legal team of the Osun State governor, in the on-going election litigation.
The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the police and other law enforcement agencies to get to the root of the matter. In a statement by the state chairman, Alhaji Ademola Rasaq, the PDP charged the police to do a thorough job on the dastardly act, which he said smacked of dangerous politics. While commiserating with the family, the PDP vowed that it would do everything within the law to get justice in the matter.