In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, in Lokoja, Bello said the late traditional ruler lived a life worthy of emulation and prayed God to grant him eternal rest.
He described him as principled, firm, incompatible and a loving father.
The governor said the traditional ruler’s words of advice, guidance and unique leadership would greatly be missed.
Alhaji Muhammed Nalado-Usman, Secretary, Lokoja Local Government Traditional Council, in a statement issued to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday, said Kabir-Maikarfi III died after a brief illness.
He said the traditional ruler, who died at the age of 80 in a private hospital in Abuja around 11.00 p.
m. on Sept. 28, would be buried on Sept. 29 in Lokoja.
Late Kabir-Maikarfi 111 ascended the throne in 1992 and was considered one of the longest serving traditional rulers in Kogi.