The Borno State Government has confirmed that the state’s Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, has passed on.
The Borno State deputy governor, Zannah Mustapha, is dead. The deputy governor reportedly died in Yola, capital of the neighbouring Adamawa state, while on an official duty there.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, said Mr. Mustapha died in his sleep Saturday morning while visiting Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to attend the convocation ceremony of Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology, Yola.
Mr. Shuwa said the remains of the late politician would be brought back to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, where he would be buried at 4.PM. Saturday (today).
The statement reads, “It is with deep sense of utter shock and disbelief but with complete submission to the will of the Almighty Allah that the Borno State Government hereby announces the passing awy of His Excellency, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, the Deputy Governor of Borno State.
“He died in his sleep this morning in Yola, Adamawa State where he was to represent Borno State Government at the convocation ceremony of Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology, Yola.
“He was also scheduled to follow up on his earlier visit to Yola, in connection with the welfare of Borno State citizens internally displaced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“His remains would be brought to Maiduguri for funeral at the Government House, Maiduguri at 4pm today, Saturday, 15th August, 2015. He will be buried in Maiduguri.
“His Excellency, Hon. Kashim Shettima, the Executive Governor of Borno State, expresses his heartfelt condolence to the family of the Deputy Governor and the entire people of Borno State for the irreparable loss and appealed for prayers for the repose of the soul of our late Deputy Governor.
“May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Ameen.”
Usman Jidda Shuw
Secretary to the State Government.