Tunde, a younger brother of the
slain founding Editor of Newswatch Magazine, Dele Giwa, says the family’s pain
has yet to be assuaged 30 years after Giwa’s murder because the killer has not
been brought to justice.
He said the family continued to
live in pain seeing that Giwa’s killer, “who everyone knows” was still around
and walking freely.
Tunde, who made a passionate appeal
to journalists in the country not to allow the case to be forgotten, said just
like every other Nigerian, he knew Giwa’s killer and could mention his name.
Tunde spoke on behalf of the Giwa
family on Wednesday at a colloquium organised by the Nigeria Union of
Journalists, Lagos State Council to mark the 30th anniversary of Dele Giwa’s
Also present on the occasion, which
held at the Multipurpose Hall, Radio Lagos/Eko FM, Ikeja, were Giwa’s widow,
Funmi, and his daughter, Aisha, who was said to be only a few months old at the
time Giwa was killed.
Tunde, who described his slain
elder brother as the breadwinner of the family, said the family had not
remained the same since he was murdered.
He called on journalists in the
country to help the family get justice.
Tunde said, “You people should help
us to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Dele Giwa. Everybody knows
the person that killed him. He’s there walking freely around. I can mention his
name if you want.
“Please, help us…The day I see the
killer arraigned in court, I will be the happiest person on earth.”
In his welcome address, the
Chairman of the NUJ, Lagos State Council, Mr. Deji Elumoye, said it was sad and
regrettable that 30 years after Giwa was killed by a letter bomb, no arrest had
been made and no one had been prosecuted.
He said it was sad that journalists
had become the most conspicuous butt of inhuman treatment not only in Nigeria
but on the entire African continent.
He demanded, on behalf of the NUJ,
that the Federal Government should order the Inspector-General of Police to
reopen investigation into Giwa’s assassination.
“It is a matter of worry that
journalists could become subjects of attacks in the course of carrying out
their duty as members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.
“Not quite long ago, a photo
journalist, Mr. Benedict Uwalaka, and the Executive Director and Chairman,
Badagry Prime, were killed with the complicity of security agents.”