by Akan Ido
Three weeks after the death of Dimgba Igwe, the Vice Chairman of The Sun Publishing Limited, the Lagos state police command has said it is having challenges apprehending the perpetrator of the crime.
Igwe, 58, was killed by a hit and run driver who ran him over while jogging around Ago-Okota area of the state. He was immediately rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for surgical emergency but did not survive.
The police have been under pressure to fish out the killer but the force appears not to be making a headway in identifying the culprit.
Whole speaking with newsmen yesterday, the State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti said his men are finding it difficult get information from eyewitnesses.
According to him: “My presence at the Sun Publishing Limited shows the commitment of the Inspector-General of Police over the death of the veteran journalist.
‘’I have transferred the case to SCID for a thorough and comprehensive investigation because I want to take it beyond mere hit-and-run. I have even involved operatives of SARS.
‘’I am using this medium to appeal to members of the public to avail us with information because we tried to identify the kind of vehicle that knocked him down . So far, the information we have is scanty.
“That brings to mind the culture of having Closed-Circuit Television, CCTV, in our houses. This should not be left to government alone. Individual houses should also learn to install them in their premises.
“If we had CCTV around, somebody, somewhere would have captured the incident and within 24 hours, we would have been able to solve this issue.”
Aderanti also urged the perpetrator to come out and surrender to the police adding that that is the noble thing to do.
He supported his statement by saying that “a similar incident happened in Area ‘A’ sometime ago, where the driver showed up by himself in my office then, saying he was the one that hit the person in question. He said he had not been able to sleep since the incident occurred.”