By Kingsley Omonobi
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 road during which Rimiâ€™s entourage and other travelers were waylaid, 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 of their states in ensuring that the armed robbers are tracked down and arrested for prospection.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations officer, ACP Emmanuel Ojukwu reads, â€œThe IGP Ogbonna Onovo regrets the death of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi in the early hours of today , as a result of shock arising from a late night armed robbery attack along the Bauchi-Kano roadâ€.
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 prosecutionâ€.
â€œThe IGP further reassures Nigerians of his determination and avowed commitment to rid the nation of the menace of violent crimesâ€.
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 travelers of their belongings. The robbers were said to have inflicted serious injuries on the brother of Alhaji Rimi without touching him (Rimi) before they took off.
The robbery incident was said to have 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.
The late Rimi who was born December 8, 1940, in Rimi village, Sumaila local government area of Kano state, was aged 69 years before his death