A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Minister of Information and Culture Prince Tony Momoh is dead.

Prince Momoh, a veteran journalist, served as a Nigerian minister during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida between 1986 and 1990.

He was among the founders of the ruling APC.

Aged 81 years, the late Momoh was born on April 27, 1939.

The cause of his death was still sketchy as at press time.

The veteran journalist, politician and culture advocate, Momoh was the 165th child the former Otaru of Auchi, Ikelebe Momoh 1.

He was educated at Government School Auchi, which was established in 1922 by his father, Momoh 1.

He furthered his educational career at the Teacher Training College, Abraka, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law school. He had various degrees in Mass Communication and Law and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Tony Momoh was also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos.

He rose to the position of National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), in January 2011 and he played a key role in midwifing the merger of CPC with other political parties to form the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).