The Emir of Karaga, Niger State, Alhaji Salihu Tanko is dead.
Former Kaduna senator Shehu Sani confirmed the demise of the Emir via twitter on Tuesday.
“I received the sad news of the death of the Emir of Kagara, Niger State, Alhaji Salihu Tanko,” he tweeted. “May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. Inna lillahi wainna Illayhir rajiun.”
The emir’s death followed the controversial kidnapping and subsequent release of schoolboys from a government school in Kagara. It is not clear if the saga played any role in the emir’s passing.
Salihu Tanko was appointed as the 16th Chief of Tegina in 1971, The Nation reported.
On January 1, 1982, he was appointed as the second Chief of Kagara with a second-Class status to succeed Alhaji Ahmadu Attahiru who held the position until his death in November, 1981.
On November 1, 1991, Salihu Tanko was promoted to the rank of a first-class emir by the military Governor of Niger State Col. Lawan Gwadabe.