Borno State Commissioner for Environment, Waziri Imam, is dead. According to officials and family sources, he died on Wednesday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.
He reportedly drove himself to the hospital when he suddenly fell ill. He will be buried today according to Islamic laws.
Borno State government has not issued an official statement to that effect but sources within the state protocol unit said Governor Shettima, who last week relocated his office to Bama, might cut short his engagement to attend the burial today.
Late Waziri Imam is the sixth member of the Borno State Executive Council to die while serving as either commissioner, head of service or deputy governor from 2003 to date.
Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism group – the North East Coalition Against Terrorism (NECAT) has debunked reports in some media that Boko Haram terrorist group has hoisted their flag in some Borno villages.
According to the group, the report is untrue and a total misrepresentation of the true situation in the affected villages.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, NECAT National Coordinator, Yusuf Mshelizza called on Nigerians to avoid giving attention to the propaganda of the terrorists.
“We however observed recent reports that insinuated that the terrorists hoisted their black flag in Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah villages near Chibok in Borno state.
“It is true that Boko Haram has renewed its onslaught on some communities after recruiting some miscreants from the neighboring countries of Niger and Chad.”
He also commended the Nigerian Army for its globally acclaimed operations against the terrorists, asking it not to relent in evolving innovative solutions to tackling terrorism.