Chairman/ Publisher, The Sun Newspapers, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has described the death of Dimgba Igwe as tragic, shocking and a dark time in the annals of journalism in Nigeria.
In a statement by Managing Director /Editor-in-Chief of the organisation, Femi Adesina, the former Abia State governor said ,” ”Dimgba Igwe was too much of a gentleman, fine brain and mind to die tragically like this.”
The statement reads; “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.
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 prolific author and columnist, Igwe was a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. He was also Deputy General Overseer of Evangel Pentecostal Church, Okota, Lagos. He is survived by a wife and four children.