The Emir of Tsafe in Zamfara, Alhaji Habibu Aliyu is dead.

The Zamfara State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Muttaqa Rini, announced the demise of the monarch in a statement in Gusau.

Rini said the emir, aged 62, died in the early hours of Wednesday at the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto after a brief illness.

He said that the deceased left behind four wives, 25 children and 62 grandchildren.

The commissioner said that his remains would be buried at his palace in Tsafe by 2p.m today, (Wednesday, July 26, 2017) according to Islamic rites.

The late emir spent 26 years on the throne after he succeeded his father in 1991.