An erstwhile Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Nwabu Mgbemena, is reported dead.
According to Daily Sun, Mr. Mgbemena, 71, died of cancer on April 22 in New Jersey, United States.
His death was also confirmed by his close associate, Tony Idigo, on Sunday in a telephone interview.
Mr. Mgbemena was one of the pioneer editors of NAN, where he rose to serve as managing director for two terms from January, 1985 to January, 1994.
He took over as Chief Executive Officer from Olufemi Adefela, who was then the General Manager of the agency.
Mgbemena was one of the “original nine editors,” employed at the take-off of NAN. They are Olufemi Adefela, Nwabu Mgbemena, Sani Sambo, Wada Maida, Dave Igiewe, Godwin Omole, Toye Olofintuyi, Willie Bozimo and Chukwura Ezebube.
The current Editor-in-Chief of NAN, Lawal Ado, said that Mr. Mgbemena’s death was not only a loss to journalism but to the nation as a whole.
“Dr Mgbemena was a humanitarian, who was always ready to listen to problems and offer solutions.
“He gave NAN sense of direction. He was a father to all,” Ado said.
Mr. Mgbemena was survived by wife, Faustina, daughter Nkiru and three sons.
Meanwhile, a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Rafiu Jafojo has been reported dead.
The Nation gathered that Jafojo died yesterday, April 23, at 80 after a brief illness.
He served as deputy to Alhaji Lateef Jakande on the return of the country to civil rule in 1979 to 1983.