The Borno government has confirmed the demise of a first class traditional ruler, the Shehu of Dikwa, Muhammad Ibn-Masta El-Kanemi.
Information commissioner Babakura Abba-Jato said the traditional ruler, who was in his mid-70s, passed away in the early hours of Saturday in Abuja of undisclosed ailments
“Born in 1946 the late Shehu was appointed as the Shehu of Dikwa after the creation of another emirate out of the then Dikwa emirate in 2008.
“A seasoned school administrator, civil servant and politician died in a private hospital after a protracted illness,” he said.
He said that the remains of the deceased were expected in Maiduguri from Abuja.
The late Shehu left behind wives, children and many relatives.
The commissioner said that Governor Babagana Zulum has cut short his official engagements in southern Borno in honour of the departed monarch.