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Ten Things To Know About Former Lagos State Governor, Late Lateef Jakande


Ten Things To Know About Former Lagos State Governor, Late Lateef Jakande

The first democratically elected Lagos Governor Alhaji Lateef Jakande died on Thursday morning at 91.

Here are ten things to know about the deceased:

· Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande was born July 23, 1929 in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos.

He studied at a Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island then at Burnham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt. He then enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945 where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.

· Jakande began a career in journalism in Daily Times in 1949 before he joined the Nigerian Tribune in 1953 where he rose to become the Editor-in-Chief.

· He became Lagos governor from 1979 to 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

· He established 23 local government councils while he was Governor. They were later disbanded by the military.

· After the military take-over in 1983, Jakande was charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason, although later he was pardoned.

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

· He was the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).

He later became member of different political parties at different times, including All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Action Party of Nigeria(APN).

· He was happily married to Alhaja Abimbola Sikirat and survived by children.

The Nation

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