The Borno State Head of Service, Alhaji Abba Ashigar, is dead.
He died in his sleep at his Maiduguri residence on Monday.
In a statement on Monday in Maiduguri, the Chief of Service to Governor Kashim Shettima, Allhaji Abubakar Kyari, said the 59-year-old Ashigar was hale and hearty before he went to bed on Sunday night.
"He was full of life on Sunday when we saw him in the evening; we were shocked to hear that he was dead this morning,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the governor’s COS as saying in the statement.
He said the state government had declared Monday as a work-free day to mourn the death of the Head of Service.
He added that the holiday was to allow workers pay their last respect to the late HOS.
Kyari stated that the remains of Ashigar would be buried by 2.00pm on Monday.