Lawal Kaita Dies At 86

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Former Governor of Old Kaduna state Alhaji Lawal Kaita is dead. Aged 86 years, Late Kaita died after a protracted illness at a private hospital in Abuja.

Confirming the death, the secretary of Katsina Emirate Council, Bello Ifo said the deceased will be buried after funeral prayers at the palace of the Emir of Katsina this morning.

Late Kaita had served as a civilian governor between October and December 1983 under the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), during the second republic.

He was born on October 4, 1932, to a Katsina royal family. He attended Barewa College, Zaria between 1946-1950; and was at the London School of Economics between 1971-72.

Returning to Nigeria, Kaita joined the Kaduna state civil service and rose to become a permanent secretary ministry of works in 1977.

His early political career started as a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1977-78. He later became Special Assistant to President Shehu Shagari between 1980-82.

The deceased was a founding member of PDP in 1998 before he left to join others in forming the Action Congress (AC) in 2006.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around his Katsina GRA residence. Few persons mostly close relations and aides were seen discussing the death some minutes after it was announced.

No family member was available for comment at the time of filing this report last night.

Kaita is survived by a wife, eight children, and many grandchildren.

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