The Benue State Government is mourning the former military administrator, retired Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora who passed away on Sunday, 10th January 2021 at the age of 65.
Following his demise, Governor Samuel Ortom has declared Tuesday, 12th January 2021 as work-free day and urged that flags be flown at half-mast in honour of the deceased.
Governor Ortom in his tribute on Monday morning, described the death of Colonel Kontagora as a great loss to Nigeria and Benue State, in particular, stressing that his footprints in the state have remained indelible.
The Governor described Benue as the second home of the deceased, having remained in touch with the state during happy and trying moments.
He sympathized with the government and people of Niger State over the death of their illustrious son and prayed to God to grant his soul eternal rest.
In another tribute, a former Governor of the state and Senator representing Benue North-East Senatorial District, Dr Gabriel Suswam commiserated with the bereaved family, saying the honour done to the deceased by Governor Ortom was well deserved as Colonel Kontagora had lived legacies that would always be remembered.
Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora, born 1956 was Military Administrator of Benue State, Nigeria from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.