Police launch probe as Gov Zulum’s commissioner dies in guest house

Babagana Zulum of Borno State

Police in Borno have commenced investigation on the death of the commissioner for reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement (RRR), Ibrahim Idriss-Garba.

The commissioner died around midnight on Friday at his guest house at 777 housing estate in Maiduguri, capital of Borno.

Governor Babagana Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, who confirmed the news in a statement released on Saturday, said that the police had commenced urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Gusau said that Zulum received the news with intense shock and profound grief, adding, “the governor mourns alongside the late commissioner’s family, other loved ones, friends, associates, and members of the State Executive Council.”

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The commissioner of police earlier on Saturday visited the house where Idriss-Garba died. The corpse has been transferred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for autopsy.

Idriss-Garba was the governor’s special adviser on special projects before he was elevated and appointed commissioner of RRR, at the commencement of Zulum’s ongoing second term.

His death comes weeks after he was involved in a car accident in the governor’s convoy on their way to the southern part of the state for a tour.