Ex Lagos Governor, Lateef Jakande Dies At 91

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File photo: Alhaji Lateef Jakande, ex Lagos state governor.

Former Lagos state governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande is dead.

Jakande, a former journalist died at the age of 91.

He became governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN.

After the military government headed by Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon took over the government in 1983, Jakande was charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason; but he was later  pardoned.

He was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998.

Born in Epetedo area of Lagos State on July 23, 1929, Jakande’s parents hailed from Omu-Aran in present day Kwara State.

As a journalist, the late governor first worked with the Daily Service and then in 1953, joined the Nigerian Tribune where he rose to become the Editor-in-Chief.

He left Tribune in 1975, and established John West Publications on whose platform he published The Lagos News.

Alhaji Jakande fondly called Baba Kekere was also the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN.

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