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JUST IN: Former information minister, Tony Momoh, dies at 81


A former Minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh, Tony Momoh, has passed away at the age of 81.

Prince Momoh was a veteran journalist, lawyer, politician and former Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Momoh attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (September 1964 – October 1966) where he earned a degree in Mass communication, and then the University of Lagos where he studied Law. He attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos (October 1974 – May 1975), and was called to the bar in June 1975.

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He was Chairman of the African Conference of Information Ministers from 1988 to 1990.

Momoh was the National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC before the party merged with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP – a faction of then ruling People’s Democratic Party to form the ruling All Progressives Party (APC).

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The deceased started his journalism career as a sub-editor at the Daily Times in October 1962, rising steadily through the ranks to become Editor and deputy general manager (June 1976 – May 1980). He became the general manager of the Times from June 1984 to Sept 1986.