Breaking: Popular Northern Emir Dies Few Months After Bandits Killed His Son

Breaking: Popular Northern Emir Dies Few Months After Bandits Killed His Son

  • Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska of Kontagora in Niger state has reportedly joined his ancestors at the age of 84
  • The monarch's death came few months after gun-wielding bandits killed his son during an attack on his farm
  • Meanwhile, as at the time of writing this report, there is no official statement from the palace as regards the death

Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska, the emir of Kontagora in Niger state has died at the age of 84, PR Nigeria reports.

According to Daily Trust, the emir died at an Abuja hospital after spending 47 years on the throne.

Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska is dead
The Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Niger State, Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska, is dead. Photo: Daily Trust
Source: UGC

However, no official statement has been issued from the family and palace, but a source confirmed the demise of the monarch.

His death comes three months after bandits gunned down his son during an attack on the monarch’s farm. The deceased’s son was on the farm along Zuru road in Kontagora local government area when the bandits struck.

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Before his death, the late Bashar, who was the Sardauna of Kontagora, held forth for his father when he was sick.

Northern emir sends urgent message to President Buhari

Recall that had reported that the Emir of Borgu, Niger state, Muhammad Dantoro, expressed deep concern over the recent kidnapping in Niger state.

The emir called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the deployment of more troops to Borgu, so as to check the activities of kidnappers and criminal elements.

Gunmen invade palace, abduct Niger district head

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that gunmen suspected to be bandits kidnapped the district head of Wawa community in Borgu kingdom, Niger state, Dr Mahmud Aliy.

The district head was kidnapped in his palace around 9.30pm on Saturday, September 4.

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According to a source, the gunmen stormed the palace with different weapons and went straight to the community leader’s room after he had retired to bed.

Babangida Aliyu reveals the only thing that will make banditry end in Nigeria also reported that a former governor of Niger state, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu noted that education is the key to stopping banditry.

According to him, banditry and insurgency would not end if a large chunk of Nigerians remained uneducated.

He disclosed this while speaking in Abuja at the 2021 Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation 2021 scholars’ Mentorship Forum.


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