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The Mystery Gunman

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In 1995, I read ‘the mystery gunman’ a masterpiece written by Justice Kayode Eso. First, I read the excerpt published by the Guardian newspaper that year. Eso wrote about a case that came before him when he was a magistrate in the 60s. 

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A mystery gunman had invaded the radio house in Ibadan. The people of the Western Region were waiting for a very important broadcast by the premier, Ladoke Akintola.     

Security men surrounded the radio station but it was only a gimmick. The Premier already prepared a recorded speech that would be broadcast that day. When it was time to broadcast the premier’s speech, a ‘mystery gunman’ came out of no where and held the studio manager hostage. He pointed a gun at him and exchange the speech with his own. The gunman also ordered him to play his own tape. 

When he did, it was a complete embarrassment to the Premier and his government. The speech ‘abused’ religious and political leaders for not having the interest of the people at heart. During investigation, a young lecturer, Wole Soyinka was arrested and put for trial as the ‘mystery gunman’. Soyinka’s lawyer was his bosom friend, Bola Ige and his brother…. The book is interesting, get a copy.

— Niyi Tabiti

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