The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, wishes to join the family of the late Dimgba Igwe and other sympathetic Nigerians to mourn the passage of the frontline journalist on Saturday in Lagos.
Mr Igwe, 58, a renowned journalist, author and a Fellow of the Guild, reportedly died of wounds he suffered when he was knocked down by a careless and cowardly hit-and-run driver.
A peaceable gentleman, Mr Igwe was said to be jogging near his Okota home at about 10 A.M to keep fit, when the fatal incident occurred. He later gave up the ghost at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where he was rushed for medical attention.
It is painful to recall that only recently, between August 27 and August 31, Mr Igwe was in Katsina, where he actively participated in all activities at the 10th All Nigerian Editors Conference (ANEC). His death, therefore, has dealt a great blow to thejournalism profession to which he and his inseparable colleague, Mr. Mike Awoyinfa, had made invaluable contributions.
Igwe was deputy to Awoyinfa when the Weekend Concord hit the newsstand in 1989. The partnership was replicated when the Sun Newspapers came on board in 2003, and the various books that they co-authored.
Finally, the Guild wishes to use this medium to urge the security agencies, especially the Nigerian Police Force, to fish out the cowardly driver who committed the dastardly act and inflicted this pain on the Igwes and the Nigeria media.