Written by By Mansur Sani Malam and Abdul’Aziz A. Abdul’Aziz:

FG sends 9-man delegation for condolence   ||  Fifteen suspects in the armed robbery attack that caused the death of former Kano State governor Alhaji  Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi on Sunday are being interrogated by the police, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ogbonnaya Onovo, has said.

Onovo, who was  in Kano yesterday to  condole with the state government and  the Emir of Kano over the demise of the  first civilian  governor of the state,  described the  incident as unfortunate. He  pledged that the  police would leave  no stone unturned in getting to the root  of the incident.

Rimi and three others – his brother, a security aide and driver – were robbed by unknown persons on their way from Bauchi on Sunday, an incident that caused Rimi’s blood pressure to rise, leading to his death on the way to hospital in Kano that night.

Speaking to  newsmen at the  residence of late  Rimi, the inspector-general said, “Fifteen persons have been arrested through the effort of the vigilante and the  district head and the other community  leaders, including the effort of the  Miyetti Allah (cattle breeders’ association) that has come in to assist  us.

“They are local hoodlums and they  must be known in  the vicinity. So those people arrested are still being interrogated and I can assure you that we will come to the bottom of this.”

He vowed that the police would ensure that such incident did not happen  again.

“We will continue to enhance our performances and we will also continue to seek community partnership between  the police and the  community so that  such miscreants, such hoodlums, would be identified and arrested before they commit any havoc.”

According to the IGP, in fighting against crime, “You  win some, you lose some,” adding that the police had been on their toes “because that particular road has  been under police surveillance and  patrol for a very long time.

“It was  indeed unfortunate that this incident  occurred. That road has been safe for a very long time,” he added.

Paying tributes to  the deceased, Onovo  described the death  of Rimi as “a  terrible loss”.

“The country has lost a great  statesman, a detribalised Nigerian, a  flamboyant politician, a man who, if he remained alive, would have contributed much to the liberation of the  masses and the poor in this country,” he said.

“There is the  inevitability of  destiny. I think it  was destined to happen this way and  all we can do now is  to pray for the  repose of his soul and for all those he  left behind to have the fortitude to bear  the loss.”

Onovo also visited the Government House where he condoled with the acting  governor of the  state, Engineer  Abdullahi Tijjani  Gwarzo.

He was also at the palace of  the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, for the same purpose before arriving the  residence of the  bereaved.

At the Rimis’ residence, Onovo met with the Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, who is the chief  mourner and had  been at the house since the day of the  burial.

Onovo condoled with two younger brothers and two sons of the deceased.

He wrote at length in the condolence  register before he was ushered into the  main house where he met a sister of  late Rimi, his widow and daughters.

Onovo urged them to take solace in the  fact that the deceased had lived for the emancipation of the common man.

He told the bereaved that Rimi’s death was not only a public loss but also a personal  loss to him.

The IGP recalled that he had worked with Rimi, which transformed into acquaintance.

Onovo assured them that the culprits will not go scot-free.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government yesterday sent a nine-man delegation to Kano to commiserate with the family, the people and the government of the state over the death of Rimi.Speaking during the visit at the state Government House, the leader of the delegation, the Minister of National Planning, Dr . Shamsuddeen Usman, said they were in Kano on the directive of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to convey a condolence message from the Federal Government over the demise of the late former governor. He said the government regarded the death of Rimi as a big loss that not only to Kano but the country as a whole.

The minister stated that because Rimi was enigmatic, his political and other achievements have gone far beyond Kano.

Usman said the acting president prayed that God in His infinite mercy would forgive the deceased as well as give his family, the people of Kano and the people of Nigeria the fortitude to bear this loss.

Members of the delegation included Shamsuddeen Usman; the Deputy National Vice-Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Bello Halliru; National Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje; Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Acting President, Dr. Akilu Sani Indabawa; Alhaji Usman Albishir; Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly, Dr. Abba Aji; Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Gumel; and two special assistants to Jonathan – Dr. Karo Ojibo and Alhaji Muhammad Kachalla.

The delegation also paid a visit to the family of Rimi and the Emir of Kano.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State governor, Rear Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), regretted that Rimi died at a time the nation highly needed his contribution towards the sustenance of democracy.

Nyako, who was in Kano, visited the Emir of Kano and Government House, urged the leaders to always fear God in their activities and ensure good services to the people, as well as exhibit good conduct for the benefit of the younger ones.

He added that it  was necessary for all stakeholders in the society to embark on creating programmes that would enhance the goodwill of the youths through the provision of employment and qualitative education.

Hundreds of sympathisers are still trooping to the residence of Alhaji Rimi to commiserate with his family.

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One Thought on “Police Arrest 15 Over Rimi’s Death

  1. Chike on April 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm said:

    Yeah, that’s the very culture and tradition of the NPF. Coming to scenes after the milk is spilled. It is very unfortunate because Rimi cannot come back again to life.

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