Buhari mourns Ali Kwara as Presidency assigns plane to convey corpse for burial in Bauchi

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president

He was daring. He turned out to be a nemesis to criminals in the northern part of Nigeria. He was dreaded by men of the underworld. Many State Governments in the North had good reasons  to enlist his support in the fight against crime and criminalities.

But the epochal contributions came to an end abruptly Friday as the legendary hunter, inimitable leader of vigilance group and crime fighting hero, Ali Kwara breathed his last.

He died in Abuja on Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sorrow over the loss of Ali Kwara, whose movie-like exploits against bandits, armed robbers and terrorists, are well documented in virtually all the 19 Northern states.

The federal government had moved him to Abuja for medical treatment, where he passed away.

A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) said “Last night, the Presidency made available a plane to take the corpse to Dutse Airport for its planned burial in his home town, Azare in Bauchi State.”

Shehu quoted the President to have said: “On behalf of the government and the people of the entire country, I condole with the people of Bauchi State and their government following the sad exit of this extraordinary citizen who devoted his entire life to assisting law enforcement officials in their fight against criminals.

“Ali Kwara will not be forgotten for roles he played in subduing hardened criminals and warlords in our forests.

“Thanks to his efforts, several of such criminals were lucky to be reformed while many more have been made to face justice.

“Few of such brave men are found in a generation. May Allah grant him Aljannah.”

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