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Dele Giwa & The Letter Bomb | Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Tweets About The Worst Nigerian Cold Case Murder Of 30 Years

dele-giwa-bodyThis was all I heard as a kid toward the end of 1986 and beyond…”Who Killed Dele Giwa?” That nagging question was constantly splashed as the headline on the front page of every news paper and magazine of the late 80s and 90s in Nigeria.

On October 19, 1986, the Editor-in-chief and founder of Newswatch Magazine had just been murdered in his home by a bomb wrapped in a brown envelop and delivered to him by an unknown visitor. And from that day, the quest has been on to find out who was behind the delivery of the bomb. It has been one of Nigeria’s worst cases of unsolved murders with the assassination style of using a letter bomb, being the first of its kind at that time.

Of course there were speculations as to the cause of his assassination. The most popular of which was the fact that the investigative journalist had just uncovered a big secret about the then military Nigerian dictator, Ibrahim Babangida. According to those speculations, Babangida and his late wife, Maryam Babangida were involved in drug trafficking and were using a woman, Gloria Okon as proxy to push these drugs on their behalf.

It was said that Giwa had just uncovered the secret and was about to reveal it in a blockbuster report on his magazine when he received the fatal letter.

This Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of Dele Giwa’s death. In what has now become a hush-hush topic of discussion, journalist and social critic, Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, posted several tweets revealing some facts about the unsolved mystery that may have been oblivious to many.


Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo is an International Journalist, Pharmacist and Social Media Personality and Editor of HNNAfrica world news blog.



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