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Sowore remembers ace journalist, Dele Giwa, killed with letter bomb in 1986

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The Publisher of Sahara Reporters newspapers and 2023 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has remembered the later ace journalist, Dele Giwa, who was killed with a letter bomb on October 19, 1986.

Mr. Sowore, also the Convener of #RevolutionNow, made the recollection of his gruesome death on his “X” (formerly Twitter) handle, @YeleSowore on Thursday.

He wrote:

“Exactly today (October 19, 1986) 37 years ago, military head of state, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (notoriously known as “IBB) sent a letter bomb to the Lagos residence of topmost journalist, Dele Giwa, the bomb ripped through his lower abdomen and killed him.

Convener of #RevolutionNow and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore
Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

“Till date his killers were never brought to justice. Rest in Power, Dele Giwa. May your spirit continue torment Babangida and others who conspired to kill you in your prime.”

The late Dele Giwa
The late Dele Giwa

According to his biography on Wikipedia, Dele Giwa, a Nigerian journalist, editor and founder of Newswatch magazine, was born Sumonu Oladele “Baines” Giwa.

He was born on 16 March 1947, to a family working in the palace of Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the Ooni of Ife.

He was killed with a letter bomb on 19 October 1986 at the young age of 39.

Till date, the question “Who killed the late Dele Giwa?” has remained a mystery as no one was ever arrested or prosecuted for his death. Read more.

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