By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Alhaja Ariat Smith, wife of the former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Musiliu Smith is dead. She was aged 65.
The incident occurred late Friday, June 5, after she succumbed to an undisclosed illness.
According to an announcement by the state government, signed by the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, the deceased will be buried today, Saturday, June 6,2020 according to Islamic rites.
The statement read in part: “Lagos State Government, on behalf of the Smith family, wishes to announce the passage of our mother and grandmother, Alhaja Ariat Aderoju Smith (nee Jinadu) who died on Friday 5th June, 2020 at the age of 69.
“The remains of late Alhaja Ariat Smith will be buried on Saturday 6th June, 2020 in accordance with Muslim rites.
“Only immediate family members will be allowed at the burial rites, in strict compliance with the NCDC/Lagos State Government’s guidelines on COVID-19 social distancing protocol.
“May Allah grant her Aljanah Firdaus.”
The deceased is survived by her husband, Musiliu A.K. Smith, CFR, children: Mr. Mujeed Adekunle Smith and Mrs. Atiat Olubunmi Sheidu.
Smith was appointed as IGP in May 1999, and retired in March 2002 following a police strike in the country.