Borno Governor’s Steward Found Dead, Police Commence Investigation

Channels Television  
Updated May 28, 2019
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu addressing Journalists on Tuesday.


A personal steward of Kashim Shettima – the Borno State Governor, has been found dead.

The middle-aged steward, identified as John Achagwa, was found hanging from a rope at about 2:30 pm on Tuesday, behind the Presidential Lodge located inside the Borno State Government House.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to Aliyu, the deceased appeared to have lived a decent life so it is difficult to ascertain what could have caused what appeared to be a case of suicide.

He, therefore, said further investigations have to be carried out to ascertain the true cause of the incident.

Also speaking to Channels Television about the events that led up to the incident, his colleagues noted that although he was usually easy-going and passionate about his job, he began to show signs of depression.

According to them, he also complained bitterly about have family problems.

Prior to the incident, he was said to have been moody when he reported to work, but after the afternoon prayers (Ablution), he went missing.

He was later found by a colleague – hanging from a tree behind the presidential lodge.

His lifeless body was brought down an hour later and taken to a morgue in town.

The deceased had started his career at the Borno State Government liaison office Lagos, from where he was later transferred to the Government House in Maiduguri.

He reportedly served many governments both in the military and civilian regime.

Although he had retired from service during Shettima’s second tenure, he was retained by the governor due to his exceptional skills.