The Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, has died at the age of 84.
He died at the 44 Military Hospital Kaduna on Sunday.
He was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of the Zazzau Emirate Council.
The monarch ascended the throne in 1975 at the age of 36.
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Confirming his demise, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai tweeted, “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of the father of our state, His Highness Emir of Zazzau, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR.
“He died at the 44 Military Hospital Kaduna today after a brief illness. Janazah prayer in Zaria is scheduled for 5pm.”