Monday, 16 May 2016

Dimgba Igwe’s 60th B’day Exclusive: I did everything within my power as Governor, to find Dimgba Igwe’s Killer— Babatunde Raji Fashola


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Mike & Dimgba gave their two best books to the GDA in a rare encounter during Dimgba's lifetime
This speech was delivered by former Lagos State Governor now Minister for Works, Housing and Power, Barrister Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) during the one year memorial lecture and presentation of the book “50 World Editors: Conversation with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices” last year September 15, 2015 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA)Ikoyi, Lagos in honor of late tabloid master, DIMGBA IGWE. Your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog, Asabeafrika presents the speech today in honor of late Dimgba Igwe’s 60th birthday (Posthumous, today May 16)

Ex-Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola...'We did our possible best to find Dimgba's killer'
The Late Tabloid Master, Dimgba Igwe....The memory of his good deeds lingers on forever
Prelude….
“Your Excellency the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ably represented, the Chairman of the occasion, members of the first table, distinguished colleagues, distinguished ladies and gentle men. Actually speaking, the former governor would about now, be delivering the key note address at another event and he has asked me to read a tribute on his behalf here (The tribute was read by one of his aides Hakeem Bello) which I have also accepted to do. Distinguished Ladies and Gentle Men, this book presentation to honor the memory of Dimgba Igwe gives me mixed feelings. First, I am delighted that we have not forgotten him so soon and for that, I commend not only his immediate family, but also his extended family of which Mike Awoyinfa must un-contestably stand as patriot”.
Mike & Dimgba; The Love continues, not even death can do them apart

“First, I am delighted that we have not forgotten him so soon and for that, I commend not only his immediate family, but also his extended family of which Mike Awoyinfa must un-contestably stand as patriot”. 

My loss @ Dimgba’s death….
“We lost Dimgba just as I was getting to know him better. I know him for his words and commentaries as a journalist and it was hard to ignore such a prolific writer and a consummate professional. I met him when I accepted a proposal from him and Mike to write my biography which is still in the works as Mike has soldiered on without him. To put it simply, I formed the impression from my interviews for the book that Dimgba was just a good man, that is what we lost; a very good man. I know words will not be enough to replace the kind of lost that the Igwe family must feel. As delighted as I am, that we gathered to honor his memory, I am saddened that we have not done our duty to Dimgba.”
The Great Dimgba Igwe gave one of his books to GDA in his life time


“Yes, Dimgba is gone we cannot bring him back but we owe ourselves as citizen to find out what happened and why he died. Yes, we know he was knocked down by a motorist but was it an accident? Or was he deliberately ran over? We must find out”

What we owe Dimgba Igwe…
 “Yes, Dimgba is gone we cannot bring him back but we owe ourselves as citizen to find out what happened and why he died. Yes, we know he was knocked down by a motorist but was it an accident? Or was he deliberately ran over? We must find out. During my tenure as governor, his was many of the case files I directed should not be closed at our monthly security meetings. A car that knocks a person down will leave some evidence; a dent, a broken part, some paint works and some other clues. I directed the police then, to go round every mechanic workshop in the neighborhood at the time, to see if anybody recently came to do body work repair to his or her car in the hope that the car involved belongs to somebody in the community. Regrettably, nothing turned up. We sent out people to see if in the commotion, and possible distraction that followed the accident, somebody had the presence of mind to take the registration number of the vehicle but nothing has turned up. The duty we owe Dimgba is to keep probing in the hope that somebody saw something. This is how crimes are solved. Today, I use this platform to plead and urge anybody whom may have seen something on that day, to please, say something. It might be useful to the police”. 

“The duty we owe Dimgba is to solve the mystery of his death by finding the driver of the car. I join the family in continuing to remember him and I thank all of you for listening”

The Late Dimgba Igwe talks about one of their books in a rare pose with the GDA
What we must do to honor Dimgba Igwe’s memory
“The duty we owe Dimgba is to ensure that all of us affix our vehicles’ registration plate to our cars and nobody is permitted to drive an unregistered or un-licensed vehicle in any part of our country. If we refuse to do this, we simply help people to remain anonymous and make investigation difficult for law enforcement agents. I think I should mention that during my tenure, we initiated a policy of temporary vehicle registration for vehicles just being cleared from the ports before full registration as it is being done in other countries. The duty we owe Dimgba is to be more vigilant and observant about developments around us. I believe that, if we were, we would have seen something. A car, a car description, a color, a licensed number or some other clues that helps investigators solve difficult cases. The duty we owe Dimgba is to solve the mystery of his death by finding the driver of the car. I join the family in continuing to remember him and I thank all of you for listening”
(This Tribute was recorded by only Asabeafrika and no any other medium ever published it in details)
Dimgba Igwe's first daughter, Glory Igwe

Dimgba Igwe's Second Daughter, Victory Igwe

Dimgba Igwe's twin brother, Mike Awoyinfa, still very embitered about a brother's loss but grateful to God for a life well spent

Dimgba Igwe's Widow, Obioma

Ex-Edo State Commissioner Louis Odion, veteran poet Odia Ofeinum & other guests @ Dimgba Igwe's memorial & Book Launch



Mike & Dimgba; Best Journalism brands that ever happened in Nigeria


The book in Honor of Dimgba Igwe last September 15, 2015

The Great Dimgba Igwe shared beautiful moments with his brother, Mike Awoyinfa & his lovely twins

The Great Dimgba Igwe, a walking encyclopaedia in his life time

The Igwes & The Awoyinfa's, cemented in love for life...

The Late Dimgba Igwe and his twin brother Mike Awoyinfa inside their Lagos Study with the GDA in 2011

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