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Ita-Giwa to Omeben: Dele Giwa Was Never A Womanizer

Posted: Nov 2, 2015 at 7:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa has faulted in strong terms, the allegations made by retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Christopher Omeben that her late husband, Dele Giwa was a womanizer.
Ita-Giwa, who extolled the virtues of the late  co-founder of Newswatch, wondered why the octogenarian would speak ill of a dead man that he once claimed he never knew or heard about in his previous interviews. She noted that the late Giwa was career driven and too pre-occupied with his profession to womanize and that because he cherished family values, he decided to remarry rather than playing the field or womanize as wrongly alleged by Omeben.
The outspoken senator also reiterated that from the time she separated from Dele Giwa when they occupied a bungalow provided for him as official residence by the Concord newspaper, she never knew where he moved to until after he was assassinated neither did she know the location of Newswatch because she had moved on.
She insisted that the separation was amicable and was borne out of the fact that both of them were ambitious and career driven individuals and could not continue the relationship.
The former senator recalled that she was in Calabar when her mother called to break the sad news and she had to travel down to Lagos, she got the name of the hospital,  but was redirected to the LUTH mortuary where she met the late Gani Fawehinmi  who told her ‘Madam, they have killed your husband’. He later instructed the mortuary attendant to open his body saying a wife is always a wife, and Dele’s wife is here.
She recalled vividly that she and his ex American wife, Billy’s mother, present wife at the time, a few other family members and his colleagues like Ray Ekpu, Soyinka, late Sani Macabu were at the graveside till late evening and subsequently went to the village to commiserate with the Chiefs before departing.
Ita-Giwa noted that at that same period, because of the state of fear and anxiety, some miscreants did a letter of a ‘threat to her life’ and demand for ransom which she immediately proceeded to Alagbon to lodge complaint and made statement and that it was during the process that they asked her about her late husband. It is important to correct the impression as was alleged in a recent newspaper publication that she was invited, she stressed that she was never invited.
She recalled also that she was to travel and on getting to the airport she was stopped, hence, she called the man in charge of the case and the officer called the airport that she should be allowed to leave because she was not an issue
?Ita-Giwa warned that no one should try to blackmail or tarnish her hard earned reputation built over the years by the Grace of God and by the support of the Nigerian people. She averred that she would continue to defend the late Dele Giwa’s legacy and remain proud of his intellectual prowess.