Dimgba Igwe killed
By Our Reporters
Dimgba Igwe, veteran journalist of repute and Vice Chairman of The Sun Publishing Limited, was yesterday killed by an unknown driver while jogging in his Okota, Lagos neighbourhood.
He was 58years old.
Tributes have been pouring in since the tragic news of his death hit the airwaves.
A statement signed by Femi Adesina, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief issued on behalf of The Sun Publishing Limited reads:
“With heavy hearts, we announce the sad passage of Mr Dimgba Igwe, Vice Chairman of The Sun Publishing Limited. He was aged 58.
“Mr Igwe passed on today around 10 a.m at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) of injuries suffered from a hit-and-run driver, as he jogged in his Okota, Lagos, neighborhood.
“First aid was administered to him at St. Raphael Hospital, Ago Palace Way, before he was moved to LASUTH for surgical emergency. He did not survive.
“Chairman and Publisher of The Sun Newspapers, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, described the development as ‘’tragic, shocking, and a dark day in the annals of journalism in Nigeria.’’
‘’Dimgba Igwe was too much of a gentleman, fine brain and mind to die tragically like this,’’ he added.
“Igwe and Mike Awoyinfa added verve to Nigerian journalism when they set up Weekend Concord in 1989. The duo pioneered
The Sun Newspapers in 2003, with Awoyinfa as Managing Director Editor-in-Chief, and Igwe as Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Igwe was appointed Vice Chairman of the company last year.
“A committed Christian, Igwe was Deputy General Overseer of Evangel Pentecostal Church, Okota, Lagos.
“A prolific author and columnist, Igwe was a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. He is survived by a wife and four children.
“Burial plans will be announced later.”