Niger Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, says the State has been thrown into mourning following the death of the Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska.
Namaska was said to have died in Abuja on Thursday after battling a protracted illness.
The 84-year-old Emir, also known as the Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, was one of the longest reigning monarchs in Niger State and Nigeria.
In all, he spent 47 years on the throne, having ascended to the stool in 1974 as the sixth Sarkin Sudan, Kontagora.
Reacting to what he called a painful loss, the state governor described the Emir as a man of peace who ensured tranquility in his emirate throughout his reign.
"The death of a loved one is painful more so, the death of a father figure no matter how old he must have lived.
"Sarkin Sudan was an asset to us in Kontagora Emirate, he served humanity with commitment and patriotism while he was alive. Losing him will really create a vacuum, but I am consoled by the fact that whatever Allah does is right.
"All we need to do now is to pray for Allah's forgiveness on the soul of the late Emir, and grant him Aljahna Firdausi", he said.
His Janazah prayer, according to the statement, takes place on Thursday at the Palace of Sarkin Sudan, Kontagora by 4:00 pm.
The Emir is survived by wives, children and great-grandchildren.