The Ejeh of Ankpa – supreme ruler of Ankpa local government area of Kogi state – Alhaji Amodu Yakubu has died in his place on Monday at the age of 73.
Confirming the death of the monarch, the Onu Ankpa, Chief Abdulmalik Umar, said the royal father passed on at about 2.20 am, in the early hours of the day following a brief illness.
Shocked by his sudden demise, Umar said the late Ejeh had just returned from Benin hale and hearty on Sunday where he attended a conference of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Ahmodu, who ascended the throne on August 7, 1993, was buried according to Islamic rites.
He is survived by wives, children and grandchildren.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi said the death of the monarch was painful and a great loss to the people of the state.
He said Ahmodu died at a very critical period in the life of the state, describing him as a father and a good believer in his administration.
Bello said the reign of the late Ejeh had witnessed “tremendous commitments in community development and peaceful coexistence as well as moral guidance among his subjects and visitors”.
The government, while commiserating with the family of the late Ejeh and people of the state over the loss, noted that the state would miss his wealth of experience and fatherly counsels.