Sambo’s brother dies in road crash

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili & Tu­raki A. Has­san

Vice Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Na­madi Sambo’s younger brother, Cap­tain Yusuf Sabo Sambo, died yes­ter­day morn­ing in a road crash along the Abuja Air­port Road.

A state­ment yes­ter­day by the vice pres­i­dent’s spokesman Umar Sani said the 58-year-old pi­lot was on his way to the Abuja Air­port when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

The state­ment said the de­ceased was a qual­i­fied pi­lot who had worked with the de­funct Nige­rian Air­ways and the pres­i­den­tial air fleet be­fore his re­tire­ment.

He was buried yes­ter­day at the Apo ceme­tery in ac­cor­dance with Is­lamic rites.

Those present at the burial in­cluded for­mer heads of state, Gen­er­als Ibrahim Ba­bangida and Ab­dul­salami Abubakar.

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Pa­tience and other top govern­ment of­fi­cials, was at the Aguda House res­i­dence of the vice pres­i­dent to con­dole with him over the in­ci­dent.

Jonathan ex­pressed shock over the in­ci­dent and prayed God give the fam­ily the for­ti­tude to bear the loss.

The pres­i­dent, who de­scribed the crash as an ex­tremely sad event, said the de­ceased was also his own younger brother, adding that he died when his con­tri­bu­tions to the na­tion were needed most.

Jonathan also com­mis­er­ated with the govern­ment and people of Kaduna State over the in­ci­dent.

Also present at the vice pres­i­dent’s res­i­dence were In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Mo­hammed Abubakar, FCT Min­is­ter Bala Mo­hammed, Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties Kabiru Tu­raki and many oth­ers.

The de­ceased is sur­vived by his wife, three daugh­ters and 10 sib­lings.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent David Mark, also com­mis­er­ated with Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo over the death of his younger brother Capt Sabo Sambo yes­ter­day.

In a state­ment is­sued by his spokesman Paul Mumeh the Se­nate Pres­i­dent was deeply touched by the news of the de­ceased and con­doled with the vice pres­i­dent and his fam­ily.

PHOTO FELIX ONIG­BINDE

FCT Min­is­ter Bala Mo­hammed, Kaduna State Gover­nor Mukhtar Ra­malan Yero, Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo, re­tired Gen­eral Ab­dul­salami Abubakar, re­tired Gen­eral Ibrahim Ba­bangida, Deputy Chief Imam of the Na­tional Mosque Mo­hammed Kabir, and oth­ers dur­ing the fu­neral prayers for Vice Pres­i­dent Sambo’s late younger brother Cap­tain Yusuf Sambo, in Abuja, yes­ter­day.

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