Former IGP, Gambo Jimeta, Dies At 85

By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The seventh inspector general of Police and a crack detective,
Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta, who was rumoured to have died on June 20, 2018
has given up the ghost.

Jimeta was appointed IGP in 1986 by the then Nigeria military
president, Gen Ibrahim Babangida. He served for about three years.

The former IGP was born in 1936. He died yesterday at the National
Hospital Abuja at the age of 85.

Even though the family is yet to issue an official statement, it was
gathered that Jimeta was taken to the hospital two days before his
demise.

The late Jimeta who held the traditional title of Dan Lawan Adamawa,
according to sources, would be buried immediately after Juma’a prayers
at the National Mosque Abuja today.

Auwal Abdulrahman Adamu who was at the hospital when the incident
happened told our correspondent, “We are mourning.”

“You know we are mourning. He has been at the hospital for two days.
He will be buried here in Abuja, “Adamu said.

“Yes, he has passed away. We are mourning,” the pioneer National Vice
Chairman (North East) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Umar
Duhu said.

On June 20, 2018, Jimeta’s family had issued a statement signed by
Mubarak Gamba and dispelled the rumour of his death.

Meanwhile, president Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the
death of Jimeta.

Conveying the condolences of his family and that of the government and
people of Nigeria, the president describes the late crack police
detective as “a man of great courage, intellect and a true Nigerian
Statesman,” adding that “Today, Nigeria lost a great son. He lived for
the nation and served with all his strength.”

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