Former Auditor-General of Borno State, Mallam Kaka Kyari was among those who lost their lives during the University of Lagos convocation ceremonies on Thursday, March 3.
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Kyari was part of the dignitaries in the entourage that accompanied the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, to Lagos for his investiture as the UNILAG Chancellor.
According to Punch reports, Kyari was part of the dignitaries in the entourage that accompanied the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, to Lagos for his investiture as the UNILAG Chancellor.
It was learnt that another man, whose identity had yet to be ascertained, was allegedly shot by security operatives at the university’s gate.
Kyari reportedly died in a fire incident that occurred on Thursday at about 2am at the university’s guesthouse.
Though the fire affected five rooms in the building, the cause of the inferno has not been ascertained.
A source told Punch that "the incident happened on Thursday morning, but the activities accompanying the three-day convocation did not allow people to know of the incident. I also gathered that the remains of the deceased have been conveyed to Borno State for burial.”
In a statement Deputy Registrar/Head of Information Unit of the university, Mr. Toyin Adebule, Kyari's death was confirmed;
“The Management of the University of Lagos regrets to inform the general public that there was a fire incident at the university guesthouse at about 2am on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
“The fire occurred in the A Wing and affected rooms A12, A13 and A14. The university fire service was able to curtail the fire from spreading. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
“Sadly, the incident claimed the life of one of our guests, Alhaji Kaka Kyari, a former Auditor General, Borno State, who was on the entourage of the chancellor and was laid to rest according to Islamic injunctions today, March 3, 2016 in Borno State.
“The pro-chancellor, vice-chancellor, council members, management, staff and students of the University of Lagos commiserate with our chancellor and the people of Borno State on the demise of Alhaji Kaka Kyari.”
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