By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Twenty three years after Dele Giwa, Newswatch magazine Founding Editor was murdered in cold blood, Mohamed Fawehinmi, head of Fawehinmi chambers has said the process is on to re-open the case to unravel those behind his (Giwaâ€™s) death. To this end, the chambers have given a week ultimatum to the police to reopen the case file.
According to him, the failure of the police and the nation to get to the root of who murdered late Dele Giwa has led to serial murder of journalists in the country, without any solution to apprehend those who killed them.
Fawehinmi, who was speaking at a press conference organised by Fawehinmi chambers to mark the 23 years of Giwaâ€™s death, said they will not relent until the government find out who killed the journalist.
Giwa, was assassinated through a parcel bomb at his residence at No. 25, Talabi Street, off Adeniyi Jones Avenue , Ikeja, Lagos State on October 19, 1986.
He called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ogbonanya Onovo, to re-open the case forthwith, especially that Giwaâ€™s murder was the first of its kind in the country.
â€œAs the lawyers of the late Dele Giwa, we will do our best to make sure that this Inspector-General of Police does something. That brutal murder was the first in this country.
â€œWe are giving the Inspector-General of Police one (1) week to respond to all the issues raised in this press conference,â€ he said.
Insisting that the killers of Fawehinmi are still in the country, Mohammed expressed worry about the inability of the police to bring the culprits to book and the spate of extra-judicial killings in the country.
â€œThe trend set by Dele Giwaâ€™s killing has been extended with numerous extra-judicial killings up till the most recent killing of Mr. Bayo Ohu the Assistant News Editor of the Guardian Newspapers.
â€œThe inability of the Nigerian police to produce any concrete evidence and the culprits responsible for the killing has become worrisome,â€ he stated.
He asked that all the efforts by the police on the murder be published in the dailies.
However, Fawehinmi promised that the death of Chief Fawehinmi would not end the fight to open the case and bring the culprits to book. According to him, Giwaâ€™s murder was one which the late senior advocate fought for till his death.
â€œI want to assure those that killed Dele Giwa that the death of my father will not be the end of the fight to prosecute those that assassinated Dele Giwa. This is one murder that my late father, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), fought with all his life till his death on Saturday, September 5, 2009.
â€œWe will continue to be our brotherâ€™s keeper, hence the fight to bring to justice the murderers of Dele Giwa, Bayo Ohu, Ogundeji and others, and this will be pursued with all the legal arsenal in our disposal until justice is done.â€