Former IGP, Coomassie, buried in Katsina

Ibrahim Coomassie

The remains of the former Inspector-General of Police and Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Ibrahim Coomassie were buried in Rimin-Badawa cemetery, Katsina on Friday.

Funeral prayer which took place 2.06 pm shortly after Juma’at service, was led by Sheikh Samu Adam, the chief imam of Bin Coomassie Juma’at Mosque, Katsina, with many sympathisers, associates, friends and well-wishers in attendance.

Dignitaries who participated in the funeral prayer include the Emirs of Daura and Katsina, Alhaji Umar Faruq and Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman Minister of Interior and Lt.-Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau (Rtd).

Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris and a prominent businessman Alhaji Samaila Isa Funtua also witnessed the occasion.

The chief imam prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased his sins and grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

According to the cleric, death is inevitable, adding that it can “anyone at any time and anywhere.”

He urged Muslims to always fear Allah by obeying His injunctions and be prepared for death at any time.

Coomassie died on Thursday at 76 at Amadi Rimi Orthopaedic Hospital, Katsina.

He is survived by one wife, six children and many grandchildren.

The deceased served as the Inspector-General of Police between 1993 and 1999.

He also held several other positions, which include, police commissioner in Kano State among other positions in the office.

He was Sardaunan Katsina.

Born on March 18, 1942, the late Coomassie had his education within and outside Nigeria, including the Detective Training College, Wakefield, United Kingdom and Washington DC in the United States.

Coomassie was in February 2014 elected ACF chairman, the position he held until his death.