A former Minister of Information, Alex Akinyele, is dead. He was aged 81.
A son of the deceased, Constantine Akinyele, said the former minister died on Thursday night after a brief illness.
Akinyele, who was a public relations expert, was a pioneer spokesperson of the Nigerian Customs Service.
He was also a Secretary-General and later, President of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations.
Akinyele was also Chairman of the National Sports Commission and a member of the Constituent Assembly.
The former minister earned a degree in the English Language from then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).