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List of Nigerian Governors Who Died in Office

Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa

The then Kaduna state governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa was killed alongside five others in a helicopter crash in Ogbia Creek, Bayelsa state in 2012, Aljazeera reported

Kaduna’s first Christian governor, Yakowa replaced Namadi Sambo after the latter was made vice president to Goodluck Jonathan.

A resident who witnessed the crash said the helicopter wobbled in the sky before nose-diving into a forest.

Mamman Ali

Mamman Ali, the then-governor of Yobe state died in a Florida hospital, United States in 2019 two weeks after he travelled to the country for medical treatment.

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Alli assumed office in May 2007 on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), AllAfrica reported.

Shehu Kangiwa

According to Premium Times, Shehu Kangiwa died in office in a polo accident in January 1982. Kangiwa was the governor of Sokoto state at the time of his death.

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Kamgiwa’s deputy, Garba Nadama, was sworn in as the Sokoto governor until November 1983 when Muhammadu Buhari took over power through a military coup.

Governor Akeredolu earlier reported that Akeredolu died after suffering from a prolonged illness that took him out of the country.

The governor was said to have died of prolonged leukaemia at a state house hospital in Lagos on Wednesday morning, December 27. Multiple media cited a reliable source over the death of the governor, who died at the age of 67.


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