The former civilian governor of Kano State, Abubakar Rimi is dead. Details about Mr. Rimi’s death are sketchy although NEXT has learned that he died after being shot. The circumstances of the attack on Mr. Rimi remain unclear although the incident is reported to have taken place in Kano. Mr. Rimi’s body was being taken to his house a few hours ago.
The late Rimi was born at Rimi village, Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State, in 1940. He became the first civilian governor of Kano State in 1979 and was appointed Minister of Communication in 1983 after a term as governor. He was a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party and though he defected to the Action Congress in the build up to the 2007 general elections, he returned to the PDP in December 2008 and remained with the party until his death.
In 2006, Mr Rimi’s wife Sa’adatu was found dead in their Kano home. She had been stabbed repeatedly.
The late Mr. Rimi’s Jana’a is taking place at the Kano Race course at noon today, after which he would be buried.
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