Veteran journalist, Babatunde Agaka, dies aged 66

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Veteran journalist, Babatunde Agaka, dies aged 66
Malam Abdulhamid Babatunde Agaka.

Veteran journalist, Babatunde Agaka, dies aged 66

A veteran journalist and media consultant, Malam Abdulhamid Babatunde Agaka, is dead.

According to PRNigeria, the seasoned journalist who had lost his wife last month died in his sleep on Wednesday night at his residence in Kaduna.

Malam Babatunde Agaka who was born on February 26, 1956, attended Capital School Kaduna, before proceeding to Barewa College, Zaria and Government Secondary School, Ilorin.

With a passion for journalism, he joined the service of the New Nigerian, the pioneer Northern newspaper based in Kaduna, in 1974.

The illustrious journalist, later joined the Democrat Newspaper as an Editor in 1988, till 1997 when he went into media consultancy.

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Malam Babatunde Agaka, who attended several media training, workshops and conferences at home and abroad, is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.

It was gathered that the veteran also held executive positions in the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), where he was a Fellow.

Malam Babatunde Agaka, who was once the Secretary of the Jokolo Committee set up by then President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 1999, is survived by four children: Ahmad, Maryam, Halima and Abdulhamid (Jnr).

He is also survived by other siblings including Malam Ismail Ila Agaka, a former Managing Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and Ilyasu Baba Agaka, a Director at the Presidency among others.

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