Katsina mourns as Ibrahim Coomassie, ACF chairman dies

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Ibrahim Coomassie, left, with VP Osinbajo in June 2017

The death has been announced of the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and a former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie. He was 76 years old.

He died at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Katsina on Thursday.

His younger brother, Alhaji Dahiru Coomassie, confirmed the death on Thursday in Katsina.

He said that Coomassie died in this evening after a protracted illness at Amadi Rimi Specialist Hospital, Katsina.

Ibrahim Coomassie’s death shocked Katsina Emirate Council, where he held the Sardauna traditional title.

The Secretary of the council, Alhaji Bello Ifo, described Coomassie as a trustworthy person, who will be missed by the nation.

Coomassie will be buried on Friday after Jumat prayer, while his funeral prayer will be conducted at Banu Coomassie Jumat Mosque, Katsina.

Coomassie was the Inspector General of Police during the administrations of Generals Sani Abacha and Abdusalami Abubakar. He served between 1993 and 1999.

He was among the sons of Malam Ahmadu Coomassie, an educationist and businessman who became a permanent secretary of the ministry of education in the Northern region.

The former IGP was born in Katsina State on 18 March 1942. He was educated at the Provincial Secondary School, Zaria, Barewa College, Zaria, the Detective Training College, Wakefield, UK and Washington DC in the United States.

He enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet Inspector on the 11th May, 1964 and was trained at the Police College Ikeja.

He was appointed the 9th Indigenous Inspector General of Police on 26 August, 1993 to 1999.