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Ernest Shonekan is dead

Chief Ernest Shonekan

The former head of the interim national government, Ernest Shonekan is dead.

Reports say Chief Shonekan died in Lagos on Tuesday.

He was 85.

Born on May 9, 1936, Chief Shonekan was a British-trained lawyer and industrialist.

The late leader was head of the interim government after Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former head of state, stepped down from office.

He served between August 26 and November 17 1993, when he was ousted in a coup led by late General Sani Abacha.

Writing by Tina Oyinsan