Media For Justice Project (Dele Giwa Hall, CEHRD Secretariat)

 

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development has called on the Nigerian police to re-open its investigation of the murder of Dele Giwa, the late co-founder of Newswatch Magazine, and prosecute those who were responsible for his death.

In a statement issued to commemorate today's 25th anniversary of Mr. Giwa's assassination by a parcel bomb in his home in 1986, CEHRD recalled that the event took place during the Ibrahim Babangida dictatorship.

"Two of IBB’s intelligence chiefs, Colonel A.K. Togun, the deputy director of the Nigerian Secret Police, State Security Services (SSS) and Colonel Halilu Akilu, director of military intelligence had lied that Dele Giwa was planning a revolution and was importing arms into the country, to prosecute it," the statement said.

The Centre further recalled that the role of renowned lawyer Chief Gani Fawehinmi in the defence of Giwa despite threats to his life by Giwa’s killers.

It described both men as "serious, passionate, and sincere Nigerian patriots who committed their time, resources and energies to the struggle to create a better, humane and civilized democratic society where peace, development and prosperity as its hallmark."

In recogntion of their contributions to Nigeria, CEHRD renamed its Conference Hall the Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Hall.  Similarly, its Media Centre for Justice project will be sited in the newly named Dele Giwa Project Office.

The Centre said that the project is supported by Amnesty International.