October 10, (THEWILL) – The paramount ruler of the Jukun kingdom and Chairman Taraba State Council of Traditional Rulers, The Aku- Uka of Wukari, HRH. Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyon II is dead.
The ruler died at his palace in Wukari in the early hours of Sunday.
He was one of the longest serving traditional rulers in Northern Nigeria having reigned for 45 years.
Chairman of Wukari LGA, Adigrace Daniel confirmed the development in a statement signed by the SA media to Aku-Uka, Jolly Agbu Masa-Ibi.
The statement said the first class monarch died at the age of 84.
The statement reads: “The Aku Uka joined his ancestors at the age of 84 after leading the Kwararafa Race for 45 Years.
“All traditional rites in accordance with the Jukun tradition have since commenced.
“The final traditional rites for Aku Uka’s transition from the Palace to Puje would be announced in due course.“
The late Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi (Kuvyon II) is the 27th Aku Uka of Kwararafa and the 13th since the founding of the Wukari.
He was crowned king in 1976 as a second-class traditional ruler but was later upgraded to a first-class chief in 1982.
Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi holds two honorary Doctorate degrees and a Commander of the Order of Niger.
He was the former Chancellor of Federal University Technology Owerri.