Modu Sheriff, the father of a former governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, has died in a fire incident.
Late Alhaji Sheriff died in the early hours of Thursday in a fire incident that engulfed his Damboa road home in Maiduguri.
The deceased was the Galadima of Borno Emirate.
Sources close to the family said the ageing Sheriff failed to make it out of the fire that occurred around 3 a.m Thursday morning.
Maiduguri and other parts of Borno State were a few hours into a 14 days COVID-19 lockdown when the fire incident happened at the former governor’s family home.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established.
Neither the family nor Borno state government has issued any statement regarding the death as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, as the 14- day total lockdown directed by governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has commenced with roads , markets and other centres within Maiduguri metropolis deserted.
The lockdown order followed the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the state where two lives have been lost to the COVID-19 and over 144 contacts to the index cases identified