Prominent Nigeria newspaper publisher dies at 66

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2011 4:52 PM
Prominent Nigeria newspaper publisher dies at 66

Alex Ibru, the publisher of Nigerian newspaper The Guardian and a harsh critic of late dictator Sani Abacha, has died. He was 66.

Ibru's newspaper, which he founded in 1983, announced his death Sunday. The newspaper said he died "in the course of an illness."

Ibru, a former government minister, was a powerful critic of the kleptocratic rule of dictator Sani Abacha. Abacha's regime banned the newspaper from publishing for a year, then masked men set fire to its offices when it resumed printing.

The publisher escaped death after gunmen shot him several times in the head in February 1996. Many blamed the attack on Abacha's regime and a criminal case over the shooting remains in court.