The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi has described the sudden death of the former Vice Chairman of the Sun Newspaper, Dimgba Igwe as a colossal loss of a media veteran and intellectual icon to the nation’s journalistic profession.
Reacting to the demise of the late Dimgba in a condolence message, the FRSC Corps Marshal frowned at the circumstances which led to the death of a “distinguished Nigerian who served the journalism profession with zeal, candour, forthrightness and integrity”, adding that “his demise has left behind legacies, which will serve as template and reference point for present and future generation of the Nigerian media”.
Still speaking on his death which according to media reports and eye witness account, was caused by a hit-and-run driver in a Toyota Corrolla vehicle, Oyeyemi frowned of the reckless conduct of the supposed driver as alleged and regretted that even in the face of the FRSC’s sustained drive to address the menace of reckless driving in the country, there are still recalcitrant drivers with penchant for contravening traffic rules and regulations.
Furthermore, he recalled the Corps’ initiative to revamp the National Uniform Licensing Scheme through an upgrade of its database with various capabilities that allows seamless on-line verification of information bordering on vehicle number plates and driver’s license thus creating a credible tool to regulate driver behaviour on our roads.
According to him, “much as the Corps has directed the Lagos State Sector Commander to commence investigations to unravel the identity of the hit-and-run driver, we will most appreciate relevant information from those who witnessed the fatal crash, on other details of the vehicle such as the colour and number plate to enable us get to the root of this unfortunate matter” he said.
While commiserating with the management and staff of Sun Newspapers, the FRSC Corps Marshal also prayed to God to give his immediate family, the fortitude to bear this colossal loss which has not only dealt a great blow to the journalistic profession but to the nation.
It will be recalled from media reports that the late Dimgba Igwe was jogging in the early hours of last Saturday close to his house when a speeding driver, knocked him down and disappeared without stopping.