by Akintomiwa Agbaje
A Sokoto-based businessman, Alhaji Abu Dankure, who was kidnapped by four gunmen along Kupper road and released 11 days ago,died today at the Uthmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto at about 3 a.m.
Dankure was aged 68.
The deceased was taken to the hospital at about 2 a.m after complaining of a heartache and died about an hour later, his elder brother, Alhaji Mamman Dangaladima said.
The late businessman was kidnapped in Sokoto, on Nov. 6 and was released on Nov. 11 after reports said the abductors were paid N51 million as ransom.
The Vanguard reports:
Dankure, a close associate of Gov. Aliyu Wamakko, is survived by four wives and 72 children.
Until his death, he held the traditional title of Sarkin Fadan Sarkin Musulmi.
Meanwhile, the funeral prayer for the deceased, led by Sheikh Dahiru Shehu, the Chief Imam of Shehu Juma’at Mosque, was conducted at about 9.30 a.m.
It was attended by Gov. Wamakko, his Deputy, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari , former minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Sen. Jubril Gada and the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sahabi Gada.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, was represented by the Magajin Rafin Sokoto, Alhaji Rilwanu Bello and the District Head of Wamakko, Alhaji Salihu Barade. (NAN)