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Sani Dangote laid to rest in Kano

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The remains of Sani Dangote, the younger brother of Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, has been laid to rest in Kano State.

Sani’s corpse arrived in Nigeria today from the United States following a delay in documentation. The family had planned to have the body in Kano yesterday.

Sani, who was the vice president of Dangote Group, died in the US on Sunday, November 14 after a brief illness.

A large crowd gathered at the palace of the emir of Kano where the funeral prayer for late Sani took place.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, was in attendance.

He was accompanied by Senator Sani Musa, Senator Bello Mandiya, Senator Tokunbo Abiru and Alhaji Auwal Lawan(Sarkin Sudan Gombe).

In his condolence message on Monday, Lawan described Sani Dangote as a “great entrepreneur who brought his business acumen to impact positively on the Nigerian economy and Africa in general, particularly in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture and oil services.”

He said his death was “a great loss to Nigeria and Africa given the passion of the Dangote Group for the development of the country and continent.”

Before his death, Sani had investments in manufacturing, agriculture, banking and oil services.

He also sat on the Board of several other companies, including Nigerian Textile Mills Plc, Nutra Sweet Limited, Gum Arabic Limited, Dangote Textile Mills Limited, Alsan Insurance Brokers, Dan-Hydro Company Limited, Dansa Food Processing Company Limited and Dangote Farms Limited.

He was also the Deputy Chairman of the African Gum Arabic Producers Association and a two-time President of Lagos Polo Club in addition to being a professional polo player.

Sani was a member of several Chambers of Commerce, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria and President of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association.

He was well known for his role as the chairman of Dansa Holdings, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group that produces beverages.

He also owned Dansa Foods Limited, Dansa Energy, Sagas Energy Limited, Bulk Pack Services Limited, Dansa Agro Allied Limited, and Dangote Farms Limited.

Sani, 61, had one wife and eight children.

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