It was on 19th October 1986 that Nigerian journalist Dele Giwa was assassinated. He was killed by a letter bomb that exploded when he tried to open it thinking it was a story.
Kayode Soyinka is also a journalist that was affected by the letter bomb which killed journalist Dele Giwa.
They were having breakfast together when the blast occurred. Although he did not handle the blast, the force of the explosion threw him away from the table.
He recounted his ordeal while taking stock of the incident which occurred some 34 years ago in Lagos. He marked the day which is 19th October by releasing a book.
Although a lot is said about the assassination of Dele Giwa, not much is said about Kayode Soyinka’s troubles. For five years the journalist said he did not hear from his ears. There were sounds in the ear for those years and Doctors could not do anything about it.
He was told that it could heal with time. The incident is a stain on Nigeria’s image. However, he lamented that 34 years on no one has been brought to book for the assassination of Dele Giwa.
Also, he said that as long as justice is not done, such ugly incidents will repeat itself as in the case of the assassination of Chief Bola Ige. Kayode made the revelations in his recent book titled “Born into Journalism; Memoirs of a reporter” to mark his colic’s 34th death anniversary.
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