Ibru was the Minister for Internal Affairs between 1993 and 1995 in the days of Genearl Sani Abacha as Nigeria’s Head of State. At a point in time, his Guardian which was founded in 1983 became critical of the Abacha led government.
On February 2, 1996, Alex Ibru’s car was shot at severally and he was hot in the head. He had to be flown abroad for treatment. He lost the use of one of his eyes afterwards.
Major Hamza al Mustapha, Abacha’s Chief Security Officer was later charged for the shooting.
His death was announced via a statement from The Guardian Group which read in part “the passing on of Alexander Uruemu Ibru, Chairman and Publisher of THE GUARDIAN, flagship of the Nigeria press has been announced. He died at about 1.30pm today, November 20 while in the course of an illness. He was aged 66”.