*IG starts investigation
By Kingsley Omonobi & Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, expressed shock over the sudden death of former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, and has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo to investigate the robbery incident which apparently led to his death.
And in a swift response to the order, the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, has ordered a security beef up in Kano and Bauchi states.
He also directed the commissioners of Police of both states, to spread their dragnets to the nooks and crannies to ensure that the armed robbers were arrested for prosecution.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, described the late politician, who was also a former Minister of Communication, as unfortunate.
The statement said: â€œthe Acting President has directed the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the robbery incident, which reportedly led to shock, and then untimely death, of the late politician.
â€œActing President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has expressed shock and sorrow over the sudden death of former Governor of Kano State, former Minister of Communications, and former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi.â€
Jonathan who described Rimiâ€™s sudden passage as sad and unfortunate, coming at a time when the country needed his political counsel, noted that the former governor was one of the great leaders of the Nigerian nation, an astute politician and successful administrator. He said the late politician will always be remembered for his vibrant ideology and vocal advocacy for the rights of the Nigerian people, adding: â€œThe nation will greatly miss his political experience and invaluable contributions to nation building.”
The Acting President extended profound condolences to the family of the late politician, the Government and people of Kano state, and the entire nation.
He prayed that the Almighty will grant all the strength and courage to bear this painful loss.
Jonathan expresses shock
Meanwhile, the Acting President has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Senators Tawar Wada and Kawu Dukku representing Gombe North and Gombe South Senatorial Districts respectively in the National Assembly.
A statement by his media aide said the sudden death of the two senators within a pace of 48 hours was indeed shocking.
The Acting President who described the death of the two senators as a great loss to Gombe State, the National Assembly and the country at large, stressed that the past few days must have been trying for the State and the Senate, with the death of the two senators within a span of 48 hours.
Jonathan said both men passed at a time when the Nation needed their contributions most in the promulgation of laws to move the Nation forward.
IGP beefs up security in Kano, Bauchi
Following the death of renown politician, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, from possible heart failure in the early hours of Easter Monday, as a fallout of an earlier armed robbery operation along the Bauchi-Kano, the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, has ordered a security beef up in Kano and Bauchi states.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations officer, ACP Emmanuel Ojukwu said: â€œThe IGP Ogbonna Onovo regrets the death of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi in the early hours of yesterday, as a result of shock arising from a late night armed robbery attack along the Bauchi-Kano road.
â€œHe has directed the commissioners of Police of Bauchi and Kano states to pull out the full strength of their operatives and detectives to identify and arrest the attackers for prosecution. The IGP further reassures Nigerians of his determination and avowed commitment to rid the nation of the menace of violent crimes.â€
Vanguard gathered that the former civilian Governor of Kano State, had in company of one of his brothers, Alhaji Sule Saa, travelled to Dass, a community in Bauchi State to witness the installation of the new Emir, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman, who was turbaned last Saturday.
It was on their way back from the turbaning, in the early hours of Easter Monday, that they were accosted by armed robbers who blocked the road and were robbing travellers. The robbers were said to have inflicted serious injuries on the brother of Alhaji Rimi without touching Rimi before they took off.
The incident occurred at a village near Wudil in Kano State and during the encounter, the robbers collected cash and the GSM phones of their victims including Rimi before they were allowed to proceed to their destination.
Vanguard further gathered that on getting to Kano, the shock of the incident resulted in Alhaji Rimiâ€™s blood pressure going up severely, leading to his being rushed to the hospital, and in the ensuing period of moving him from one hospital to the other for proper medical attention, he passed away.