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Breaking: Yobe Assembly loses deputy speaker

Ibrahim Kurmi, the Deputy Speaker, Yobe House of Assembly died on Monday night at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital Damaturu, at the age of 48.

Alhaji Muhammad Wakil, director information of the state House of Assembly, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, February 19.

“We received with shock, the death of the deputy speaker last night (Monday), after a brief illness and the funeral rites will be conducted today (Tuesday) at 11.00a.m at his residence in Damaturu,” he said.

Kurmi, a trained medical doctor, represented Fika/Gadaka constituency in the state assembly and was first elected deputy speaker in 2011, before his resignation in 2012.

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He was re-elected to represent his constituency for the second time in 2015 and was again made the deputy speaker, a position he occupied until his death.

The late legislator was born on 23 March, 1971 , started his education at Kurmi primary school in Yobe from 1978 to 1984, attended Government Senior Science Secondary school Biu in Borno from 1985 to 1992 and University of Maiduguri from 1992 to 2000.

He was at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital, Kano, for his Housemanship, from 2000 to 2001 before proceeding for the mandatory national service scheme in Kano in 2002.

He served in various capacities at the Yobe State Ministry of Health, before joining politics.

The late deputy speaker was survived by two wives, children and relations.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that five Boko Haram members, an officer and three soldiers died on Saturday, February 16, at Buni Yadi in Gujba local government area of Yobe, during encounter between troops and the terrorists.

Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, who confirmed the attack in a statement on Sunday, February 17, said the casualties were recorded when the terrorists attacked a military formation in the town.

The Nigerian Army Special Forces School and 27 Task Force Brigade are both located in Buni Yadi. Musa said five other soldiers were wounded and were receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance.

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