The Emir of Funakaye in Gombe State, Alhaji Mu’azu Muhammad Kwairanga, has died in his sleep.
According to sources at the Funakaye Emirate Council, the 43-year-old emir died shortly after retiring to bed, on Saturday, August 27.
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It was gathered that the monarch had attended the flag-off of the distribution of food items to vulnerable groups by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, on Saturday in Gombe.
On Friday, he was at the opening ceremony of the newly constructed Kaltungo Central Mosque in Kaltungo LGA of the state.
He also attended the commissioning of phase I of the newly reconstructed Gombe-Yola Road in Kumo town of Akko LGA of the state.
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He was said to have held a meeting with officials of the Funakaye branch of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) at the palace until Magrib prayer, which he observed in congregation at the palace Mosque.
“He later retired to his bed, but around midnight the sad news was relayed to us about the deceased of the emir,” a palace source stated.
Late Mu’azu Kwairanga Mu’azu was appointed as the third Emir of Funakaye on June 2, 2021, 13 days after the demise of his elder brother, the late Abubakar Muhammad Kwairanga.
According to Daily Trust, the deceased’s elder brother died suddenly on May 20, 2021, a few hours after complaining of illness.
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Funeral prayers for the deceased will take place at his palace by 2:00pm on Sunday.
He is survived by one wife and five children.