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How foremost journalist Dimgba Igwe was killed

imageJournalism world was thrown into confusion yesterday as foremost journalist Dimgba Igwe was pronounced dead after he was hit by a vehicle while jogging in the morning.

Igwe, 58, gave up the ghost at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) at around 10 a.m from injuries suffered from a hit-and-run driver, as he jogged in his Okota, Lagos neighbourhood.

Though first aid was administered on him at St Raphael Hospital, Ago Palace Way, Okota, before he was moved to LASUTH for surgical emergency, he never survived.

In a release signed by Mr Femi Adesina, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Chairman and Publisher, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, described the development as “tragic, shocking, and a dark day in the annals of journalism in Nigeria.”

Mr Igwe it would be recalled, pioneered The Sun Newspapers in 2003 alongside Mike Awoyinfa as Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively after their illustrious days at the Weekend Concord which they set up in 1989.

He and Mike Awoyinfa established a newspaper devoted solely to entertainment news, the Entertainment Express Newspaper, where he was the Associate Publisher.

Igwe co-authored three books with Mike Awoyinfa.

Until his tragic demise, he was the Deputy General Overseer of Evangel Pentecostal Church, Okota, Lagos. He was a prolific writer, seasoned columnist and a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. He was survived by a wife and four children.

President Jonathan mourns
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with shock, the sad news of the untimely death of Mr. Dimgba Igwe, Vice Chairman of the Sun Newspapers.

On behalf of himself, his family and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Jonathan extends heartfelt commiserations to the publishers of the Sun newspapers, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and all friends and associates of Mr. Igwe, for whom his unexpected death must be exceedingly painful.

President Jonathan believes that the late Mr. Igwe will always be remembered as a hardworking and dependable professional, who, through his various writings as columnist, author and public speaker, demonstrated a special ability to convey the truth and his convictions in lucid, compelling prose, and in a style that was shorn of cant and foppery.

As they mourn him, the President enjoins Mr. Igwe’s family, friends and associates to be consoled by the knowledge that he put his God-given abilities to the best possible use in a very purposeful life that was wholly devoted to the defence of truth and the public interest, as well as the promotion of the highest standards of his chosen profession of journalism.

President Jonathan prays that God Almighty will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of the very forthright journalist and media administrator, and also grant his soul, peaceful repose.
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko also described the death yesterday, of the Vice Chairman and pioneer Deputy Managing Director of The Sun publishing limited, Mr Dimgba Igwe as shocking, tragic and a colossal loss to the pen profession, the literary world and the Nigeria nation.

Reacting to the news of the death of the Associate Publisher, Entertainment Express Newspaper, Igwe, yesterday, Governor Mimiko in a statement issued by the Ondo state Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade said the columnist of repute bestrode the journalism profession as a colossus winning many professional awards and distinguishing himself as a worthy practitioner of the Fourth Estate.


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