Police Commence Investigation Into Borno Deputy Governor’s Death


The Adamawa state police command has commenced a probe into the death of the Borno state deputy governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, who died yesterday morning in his hotel room in the state.

According to DSP Abubakar Othman, who is the public relations of the command, the Police has not ruled out anything yet in the death of the Borno state number 2 man.

The police investigations might have been prompted by the revelations by an aide of the late Mustapha who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

One of the aides said: “We became suspicious and worried when the deputy governor did not come out of the hotel room by 8:30am and we decided to knock on his door, when he was not answering, some of us went to peep through the window forcing it open.

“We saw that he was lying on the bed clutching the pillow closely, we shouted his name but he did not answer. It was at this stage that we decided to call the hotel staff to open the door.

“When we got inside, we saw him lying face down, and on close examination, we saw some saliva and blood being discharged from his mouth and we rushed him to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.”

According to The Punch, the deceased had reportedly gone to bed around 11pm and  told his aides to resume at 7:30am the next day. The aides found him dead the next morning after he didn’t show up for an hour, after which they forced his hotel door open.

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DSP  Othman said: “We have started investigations of what might be responsible for the sudden death of the late deputy governor.”

Mustapha had spent the better part of the last two weeks in Adamawa state where he has been receiving victims of Boko Haram crisis who relocated to Cameroon.

The remains of the deceased were set to have been brought to Maiduguri for a funeral ceremony at the government house at 4pm yesterday evening.

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