By Sadiq Umar – A fire outbreak at the Shehu of Borno Lodge of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in the early hours of Thursday has claimed the life of Mallam Abbah Kyari, a former Auditor General of Borno State.
Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Suleiman Yakubu who confirmed that incident said Kyari died of suffocation.
He was among delegates in the entourage of Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El-Kanemi who is currently being installed as the Chancellor of the university.
According to NEMA, the fire incident started at about 2 am from room A12 in the lodge in what is suspected to be electrical fault. “There are four guest rooms affected, A12, A13,A14 andA15.
“The fire started sometimes at about 2am and there were frantic efforts to douse it unfortunately, the damage has been done as the former Auditor General sustained injuries that eventually claimed his life,” the source said.
The remains of the late former Auditor General has been flown to Maiduguri for interment by 2pm.
Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi was also at the lodge when the incident occurred.