The deceased was the younger brother of Kashim Imam, a two-time gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who is now a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
No official statement from the Borno State government yet.
Officials and family sources told PremiumTimes that he died on Wednesday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.
Sources within the state protocol unit said Governor Shettima, who last week relocated his office to Bama, might cut short his engagement to attend the burial today.
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