The death of the traditional ruler of Biu in Borno State, Alhaji Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu, has been confirmed.
Umar Aliyu was 79 at the time of his death. He died on the night of Monday, September 14, at the Federal Medical Center (Federal Teaching Hospital), Gombe after a brief illness.
The cause of the monarch’s death was not immediately stated.
Umar Aliyu attended Kwaya Kusar Junior Primary School between 1947 and 1949 and Biu Central Primary School from 1950 to 1953. He ascended the throne in 1989.
“We lost our father, a pillar to Biu Emirate and Borno entirely, the Emir of Biu. May Almighty Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him the highest place in Jannatil firdaus,” a family member of the traditional ruler said in a statement.