There are some prominent individuals in Nigeria who have been assassinated or better still had their lives cut short. Their deaths till today remains a mystery as no clue has been found to trace the people who murdered them.
Although, there have been many lists of assassinations in Nigeria, Nigerian Infopedia gives you the most prominent five top assassinations in the history of Nigeria
1. Dele Giwa
Dele Giwa was a prominent Nigerian journalist, editor and founder of Newswatch. He was assassinated with a letter bomb on 19 October, 1986 at his residence in Talabi Crescent, off Talabi Street on Adeniyi Jones Avenue. His death occurred two days after he was interviewed by the State Security Service (SSS) officials. His death was blamed on the then military government at that time.
2. Ajibola Ige
He was the then Federal Minister of Justice and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He was popularly known as Chief Bola Ige. He was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ibadan on December 23, 2001. Bola Ige was a prominent lawyer who was strongly against the imposition of Sharia Law in the Northern states of Nigeria.
3. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
She was born on 25 October, 1900 and the first woman to ever ride a car in Nigeria. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was an activist for women rights in the ‘50s. She actively campaigned for women votes. She was the mother of late popular jazz singer, Fela Anikolapo Kuti. In 1978, she was thrown from a third floor window at her son, Fela’s compound by armed military personnel and died on 13 April 1978 from injuries sustained.
4. Funsho Williams
Late Chief Funso Williams was a civil servant who joined politics and was hoping to be the governor of Lagos State. He won popularity among Lagosians. He was about to be nominated as the Lagos State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial candidate in 2006. He was found in his bedroom tied up, stabbed and strangled on July 27, 2006.
5. Barnabas Igwe and Amaka (Wife)
The horrific killing of Barnabas Igwe, who was the then state Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onitsha branch and his pregnant wife, Amaka occurred on September 1, 2002. He was stabbed according to reports, cut with machete, shot and then ran over by his car
His wife, Amaka who was pregnant received machete cuts to her lower limbs that killed her instantly. They were strongly opposed to the then Anambra state government on their policies