The Federal Road Safety on Wednesday called for information from Nigerians who might have witnessed the killing of Dimgba Igwe by a hit-and-run driver.
Mr. Igwe, a veteran journalist and an associate publisher of Entertainment weekly newspaper died after he was struck by a car Saturday while jogging near his home in Ojota, Lagos.
According to witnesses, the car involved was a Toyota Corolla.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said while the Lagos command is set to investigate and unravel the identity of the driver, the Corps will appreciate relevant information from witnesses of the crash.
Mr. Oyeyemi also frowned at the reckless conduct of the unknown driver.
He regretted that in the face of the FRSC’s sustained drive to address the menace of reckless driving in the country, there are still unruly drivers with penchant for contravening traffic rules.
He recounted the Corps’ initiative to revamp the National Uniform Licensing Scheme through an upgrade of its database with various capabilities.
This he said will allow thorough 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.
He described Mr. Igwe’s death as a colossal loss to the Nigeria’s journalistic profession.
“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,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.
Condoling with Mr. Igwe’s family, the staff and management of Sun Newspaper, Mr. Oyeyemi said the late veteran’s demise has left behind a legacy that will serve as template for present and future generation of the Nigerian media.