10th December, 2010
Veteran journalist and a former managing director/editor-in-chief of TribuneÂ Newspapers, Mr. Felix A. Adenaike has asserted that nobody can find the killer ofÂ the founding Editor-In-Chief of Newswatch magazine, Dele Giwa who was murderedÂ through a parcel bomb on 19 October, 1986.
According to Adenaike, the late Dele Giwa was murdered by the state and wheneverÂ such murder occurred, nobody can find the killer except where he was arrested by hisÂ own conscience and confessed openly. â€œThe thesis of a Commissioner of Police hasÂ shown that where the state carried out a murder, nobody can find the killer exceptÂ he is arrested by his conscience.
If he has any and he confessed publicly,â€ Adenaike declared.
Adenaike made the remark as the reviewer of the book, â€œjogging in the jungle, theÂ Newswatch storyâ€ edited by Ray Ekpu, the Chief Executive Officer and Editor-In-ChiefÂ of Newswatch to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its founding.
At a well attended presentation held in Lagos yesterday, Adenaike commended theÂ founding editors of Newswatch, the late Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and YakubuÂ Mohammed pointing out that since July 1985 that the first issue of the magazine hitÂ the newsstand, the face of Nigeria journalism was not the same again.
He regretted that the struggle for political freedom and survival of the magazineÂ led to the killing of late Dele Giwa, Adenaike described the 19 chapter book writtenÂ by Newswatch writers as a compendium of the magazineâ€™s history.
He also praise Dele Giwaâ€™s influence on the Nigerian journalism scene. The formerÂ Nigerian Tribune Managing Director recalled that Dele Giwa and Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi metÂ in America where they both studied. He said when Ogunbiyi returned to Nigeria, heÂ wanted to stay with the Guardian Newspaper for only one year but in the long run, heÂ never returned to his lecturer job at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
In a welcome address, Ekpu disclosed that Newswatch has published 20 books and hasÂ appointed Dan Agbese as the Managing Director of Newswatch Books Limited.
He recalled his incarceration and trial for murder over the article titled â€˜SodomÂ and Ghomarahâ€™. Ekpu expressed gratitude to former two-time Governor of Ogun State,Â Aremo Olusegun Osoba who mobilized people for a march round Lagos before hisÂ eventual release.
Ekpu noted that reading culture with standard of education has declined. HeÂ therefore commended the book to all Nigerians quoting Francis Famous quote,
Baconâ€™s â€œReading maketh a full man, conference a nready man and writing an exactÂ man.â€
The book presentation was graced by important difficulties like Barrister JimohÂ Ibrahim the former Vice Chancillor, University of Lagos, professor Kayode IbidapoÂ Obe who represented Chief Leo Stan Ekeh and representatives of Borno, Oyo, Ondo,Â Ekiti and Abia State governors.