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Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Maku condoles Sun newspapers over Deputy Chairman’s death

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maku ministerBy Evelyn Okakwu

Information Minister, Labaran Maku has condoled the management and staff of the Sun Publishing Limited, over the death of their Deputy Chairman, Mr. Dimgba Igwe.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, stated that the Minister was deeply saddened over the way Mr. Igwe lost his life in an accident caused by a hit-and-run driver in Lagos.

According to the statement, Maku described the death of Mr. Igwe as a huge loss not only to the pen profession but also to the nation at large, adding that the late Deputy Chairman was a consummate journalist, a columnist, an author and a public commentator on national issues who acquainted himself satisfactorily as a professional by upholding the tenets of the journalism profession.

Similarly, the Newspapers Proprietors of Nigeria (NPAN) has condoled the management and staff of the Sun Publishing Ltd, over the death of Mr. Igwe.

In a press release issued yesterday, NPAN stated that: “We learnt with  great shock, the sudden passing, in the  morning, of Saturday, December 6, of Dimgba Igwe, journalist / adminis¬trator, and Vice-Chairman of your  esteemed publication, The   Sun Group of newspapers.

“The  circumstances of his  death is  devastating,  and confirms how cheap life has really become  in our dear country.

“How  do we explain that Dimgba  was knocked down  by a hit-and-run reckless driver as he jogged around his  neighbourhood, in  the  Okota area of Lagos.  His cheap death has exposed our  incompetence as a country, and the  sorry  state of our health sector. Where were police¬ men  around that stretch?” it queried.

“There  were  no  street cameras, in spite of the  millions of Naira  allegedly  spent on  the  project. 48  hours after this  numbing death, there is  still  no  clue  as to  the make of car,  and/or the  plate  number.

“The  first  two hospitals Dimgba  was  rushed to  couldn’t handle his situation. It was  after  he  had  painfully bled  for  hours that  he  was taken to an averagely competent hospital, by which  time  he had  lost so much blood and  was unable to survive the surgery carried out  on him.  The  hours between the  time  of the  incident and  the  surgery, were  very  crucial to  his  survivaL  Unfortunately, they  were  wasted. And  he  died.

“A versatile journalist with a career spanning over  30  years, most  of which   were  in  the  critical period  of the  Nigeria  Media  history, the late  Dimgba Igwe was  to define  tabloid    journalism in  the  country, alongside his  professional ‘Siamese twin’, Mike Awoyinfa. Both  mid¬-wifed  and   nurtured the  defunct Weekend Concord, and   later, The Sun newspapers to the colossus that it is today.

“He will  also be  remembered for  his informed commentary, through his  regular column, where he canvassed for  a better  Nigeria, a society built on  equality and justice.

The association  prayed that God  grants his family, the Board, management and staff  of The Sun  newspapers, the fortitude to  bear the loss.

“While we empathise with you and The  Sun  Group on  this great loss, we should quickly add that this is our collective loss.

“We, also, strongly urge the Police and other security agencies to quickly appre¬hend the reckless driver that threw us into this darkness”, it stated.

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