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Published On: Fri, Oct 18th, 2019

Letter bomb: Dele Giwa’s family, in-laws petition Buhari, allege neglect

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From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Thirty three years after a great journalist, and Editor in Chief of News Watch Magazine, Dele Giwa was allegedly murdered in cold blood through letter bomb, his family members and In-laws have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over what they described as unfair treatment to ascertain the killers of their son through a letter bomb .They have also alleged neglect by security agencies and the Federal Government to fish out Dele Giwa’s killers including the welfare for the family members and children.
The letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari reads in part:” We are still very sad that up until now the security agencies and the Federal Government were yet to fish out the Killers of our son thirty three after, and we have been neglected and his children, especially his first son, Billy Giwa who disappeared from Nigeria many years ago and his whereabouts up until now unknown.”
The letter signed by one Segun Giwa and Kola Ogunsetan, a copy made available to journalists in Asaba yesterday, lamented the in the increasing spate of killings in Nigeria and urged President Buhari to as a matter of urgency wade into the situation with a view to fishing out the killers of Dele Giwa who was the bread winner of their family before he was murdered in cold blood.
Sources alleged that Billy’s mother died of thinking few years after the death of her beloved husband, Dele Giwa who they were in relationship while they were both in the school in Ibadan before she had Billy who studied and graduated from the University of Jos before he allegedly disappeared from Nigeria.
Family sources said that Billy a graduate of English and Literature had his certificate allegedly stolen in Benin City, Edo State, his mother’s home town the last time he visited hence his anger and fear of the unknown which worsened pains in the alleged killing of his father through the letter given to him for his father who was on his dining table having his breakfast.
Since then, Billy had vowed not to return to Nigeria from London where unconfirmed source said he moved into to hide himself for fear of the unknown and possible attack from the father’s killers who may still have been looking for him.
Speaking to journalists in Asaba, Mr Kola Ogunsetan, one of those who signed the letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari said” our pains are increasing by the day and we are not happy with Federal Government and security agencies who could not up until now fish out the Killers of Dele Giwa, we have also been neglected and the Children our brother left behind, nobody is asking after us from anywhere and we want President Muhammadu Buhari to come to aid and assist us , we need to know the killers of our brother and we will not rest until the killers and exposed.”
He said that several efforts to fish out the Killers of Dele Giwa has not been successful amidst accusing fingers at some top military men who are now retired, adding soon there will be memorial service for the late Great Journalist and Editor in Chief in his home town Ekperi in Edo state and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to ensure supports for the memorial service
It would be recalled that Dele Giwa was allegedly murdered through letter bomb from his son to in the early hours of on faithful day after he was said to have exposed shady activities within the military rulers some thirty three years ago as since then all efforts to fish out his Killers have proved abortive amidst accusing fingers pointing at different directions among some retired military officers.

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