Usman Baba Pategi, popularly known as Samanja, is dead.

He died in the early hours of Sunday morning at a private hospital in Kaduna State after a prolonged illness.

Samanja, as he was popularly known in his TV drama of the late eighties and early nineties served in Nigerian Army before retiring to work for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Kaduna.

Samanja passed away at the age of 84, leaving behind two wives and twelve children.

According to a statement issued by one of his sons, Mohammad Usman, the late actor’s funeral prayer will be held at the Kabala Costain mosque in the Kaduna metropolis, in accordance with an Islamic injunction.

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