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Former Minister, Alex Akinyele, Is Dead     

Funsho Akinwale

Chief Alex Akinyele, the former Minister of Information and Chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission, is dead.

One of the children of the deceased, Akinfolarin Akinyele, confirmed the death of his father in a statement.

Akinyele, an Ondo High Chief, died on Thursday night in London after a brief illness.

Akinyele, aged 81, was survived by wives, children, grand and great-grandchildren.

A trained public relations specialist and administrator, Akinyele served as the Minister of Information and later became Chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission during the regime of the military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

He was also once the President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.