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Former Guardian On Saturday editor, Taiwo Akerele, passes on at 60

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The death has been announced of the former Editor of The Guardian on Saturday, Mr. Taiwo Akerele. He passed on last week Friday.

Akerele was a gentleman, suave and very good in the production of a newspaper. He studied journalism in Britain and worked as a Production Editor of the defunct Guardian Express in the early 90s.

He was one of the journalists detained by the government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida at Kirikiri Prison for a story published by The Guardian Express that the military junta found unpalatable.

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He was later seconded to edit Lagos Life, another tabloid of The Guardian before the group was proscribed by the military government of the maximum ruler, the late Gen. Sani Abacha between 1994 and 1995.

Akerele was among members of staff recalled after the closure that forced The Guardian group to rest Lagos Life, Guardian Express, Financial Guardian and African Guardian.

He was brought in to strengthen The Guardian production but later became one of the six members of staff seconded to begin The Guardian on Saturday as a title. He was the Production Editor, Deputy Editor and later Editor of the paper till he left the company.

Burial arrangements will be announced by his family.

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