The longest reigning first class traditional ruler in Niger state and Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska has died at the age of 84 after a brief illness.
According to Daily Trust, Alhaji Namaska died in the early hours of Thursday at an Abuja hospital after spending 47 years on the throne.
The late monarch, who is survived by wives and children, was born in 1937, and was enthroned on 15 January 1974 to succeed Alhaji Saidu Sarkin Kudu.
The deceased joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1961 before quitting to work with the Northwestern State Judicial Services as a judicial officer.
The Emir’s death comes three months after bandits gunned down his son, Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, during an attack on the monarch’s farm in Niger State.