Abuja – The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has expressed its sadness over the death of frontline journalist, Dimgba Igwe, on Saturday in Lagos.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Isaac Ighure, NGE General Secretary, in Abuja on Sunday.
The NGE stated that it was joining the late Igwe’s family and other sympathetic Nigerians to mourn his demise.
Igwe, 58, a renowned journalist, author and a Fellow of the Guild, who died as a result of wounds suffered when he was knocked down by a careless and cowardly hit-and-run driver.
“It is painful to recall that only recently between Aug. 27 and Aug. 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 the journalism 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,” the statement stated.
The Guild described the deceased as a peaceable gentleman, and urged the security operatives to fish out the cowardly driver.
“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,’’ the statement stated.