Former information minister, Alex Akinyele, is dead

Alex Akinyele

Former Minister of Information, Chief Alex Akinyele, has died after a brief illness.

He was 81 years old.

A statement by one of his sons, Constantine Akinyele, confirmed that he passed away on Thursday night.

A source close to the deceased told Qed.ng that he died in London where he had been for a while.

A trained public relations specialist, Akinyele was the pioneer spokesperson of the Nigerian Customs Service.

He was secretary-general and later president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Akinyele was appointed information minister by former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, later becoming chairman of the National Sports Commission and chairman of the National Reconciliation Commission.

He held the traditional titles of Lisa Jigan and Lobosin of Ondo Kingdom.