By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Hama Bachama and Paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom in Adamawa,
Honest Stephen, is dead. He died at the age of 66.
Timawus Mathias, the Nzobyalata Hama Bachama and spokesman of Bachama
Kingdom, confirmed the death in Numan.
Mr Mathias said Mr Stephen died in the early hours of Sunday at his
palace in Numan, Adamawa.
“He died following a brief illness. Already the funeral rights are
well underway according to Bachama tradition in Lamurde, the Kingdom’s
He said the late monarch received his staff of office on December 15,
2013, from former governor Murtala Nyako.
Mr Mathias also confirmed that the king was a retired officer of the
Nigerian Army who ascended the throne in 2012. The late Hama Bachama
was the 28th ruler of the Bachama kingdom. He was born in Lagos on
March 6, 1954, to the family of Warrant Officer Irmiya Stephen, a
prince of Numupo ruling clan, and Lekoni Irmiya, a princess of Kowo
clan, both under the Bachama kingdom.