The Borno State government has expressed a “deep sense of utter shock and disbelief” over the sudden death of its deputy governor, Zannah Umar Mustapha. A statement signed by the Secretary to the Borno State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, said the government approached the death “with complete submission to the will of the Almighty Allah.”
Mr. Mustapha died this morning in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, where he had gone on an official assignment. SaharaReporters broke the news that Mr. Mustapha died in his sleep at a guesthouse in the Adamawa State Government House. Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State confirmed Mr. Mustapha’s death to SaharaReporters.
The statement by the Borno State government disclosed that the late deputy governor had traveled to Yola to represent his State government at a convocation ceremony at Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology.
According to the statement, Mr. Mustapha “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.”
The statement disclosed that the remains of the late deputy governor “would be brought to Maiduguri for funeral at the Government House, Maiduguri at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, 15th August, 2015. He will be buried in Maiduguri.”
Governor Kashim Shettima expressed his condolences to the late deputy governor’s family as well as the people of Borno State “for the irreparable loss.” He urged prayers for the repose of the soul of the late deputy governor.