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Aku Uka Taraba first-class monarch is dead

The Aku Uka of Wukari and Chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi, is dead.

The paramount ruler died at his palace in Wukari in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 84 years.

A titleholder in the palace and an adviser to the Aku Uka said the monarch died in his palace in the early hours of Sunday.

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“Yes, the Aku Uka is dead, but traditional rites are ongoing and later in the day, the State government will make a formal statement to that effect,” the source said.

The late Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi (Kuvyon II) is the 27th Aku Uka of Kwararafa and the 13th since the founding of the Wukari.

The late Aku Uka who is the Chancellor, Federal University Dutse became king in 1976 as a second class king but was later upgraded to a first-class status during his reign in 1982.

Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi holds two honorary Doctorate degrees, and a Commander of the Order of Niger and was the former Chancellor of Federal University Technology Owerri.

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