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

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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