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•Shock­ing killing of ex-ATBU di­rec­tor, Has­san Jama’are, sad­dens Bauchi

It was a foul mur­der. Engr. Has­san Sabo Jama’are was at­tacked in front of his res­i­dence and stabbed to death, caus­ing shock in Bauchi me­trop­o­lis, as our correspond­ent writes.

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Sun­day was a day like any other for En­gi­neer Has­san Sabo Jama’are un­til he fin­ished his busi­ness and was about driv­ing into his house at Tudun Sal­manu area of Bauchi, when hood­lums set upon him.

They stabbed him seven times and made away with his ve­hi­cle, leav­ing him bleed­ing to death at about 10 pm.

Engr. Has­san was a for­mer Di­rec­tor of Works at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Uni­ver­sity (ATBU), Bauchi. He had trav­elled to Kano ear­lier that day and re­turned at about 5 pm. He spent the rest of the evening at his friend’s place, where he ob­served the Maghrib and Isha prayers be­fore driv­ing home to his death.

Usu­ally, when he ar­rived, he called a fam­ily mem­ber to open the gate for him to drive in. But that night, he stepped out of the ve­hi­cle to open the gate him­self.

“That is how the crim­i­nals got the op­por­tu­nity to at­tack him,” his older brother, Al­haji Suleiman Sabo Jama’are told Daily Trust.

De­spite be­ing rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Uni­ver­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (ATBUTH), Bauchi, there was lit­tle doc­tors could do for Engr Has­san and he died soon af­ter.

“We are not sure of the mo­tive be­hind the killings but we sus­pect that the hood­lums were try­ing to rob his ve­hi­cle and when he re­sisted, they stabbed him sev­eral times,” Alh. Suleiman said.

“They stabbed him in seven places in­clud­ing his neck, chest, rib, stom­ach and shoul­ders,” he said.

A neigh­bour, who gave his name as Ab­dul­lahi, told Daily Trust that the crim­i­nals were four and had jumped on Engr. Has­san when he got down to open his gate.

“The de­ceased cried for help when the crim­i­nals sur­rounded his ve­hi­cle but no one came to his res­cue un­til af­ter they had left that neigh­bours came out and to­gether with his fam­ily mem­bers rushed him to the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

Engr. Has­san had screamed for help dur­ing his at­tack but the noise from the gen­er­a­tor had pre­vented fam­ily mem­bers from hear­ing.

Engr. Has­san was a pioneer found­ing mem­ber of the Congress for Pro­gres­sive Change (CPC) and had con­tested for a seat in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 2011 and 2019.

Since the last elec­tions, his fam­ily said, he had aban­doned pol­i­tics for academia.

His funeral at the Ibn Abas Juma’at Mosque, BRC Quar­ters, Tudun-Tudun Sal­manu, drew many prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties in the state, in­clud­ing se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials, tra­di­tional rulers, and man­age­ment of ATBU, aca­demics, politi­cians from within and out­side Bauchi State.

They es­corted his re­mains to the Dun­gulbi Burial Ground at the out­skirt of Bauchi me­trop­o­lis where he was in­terred.

Hun­dreds of sym­pa­this­ers, in­clud­ing rel­a­tives, col­leagues and oth­ers have con­tin­ued troop­ing to the res­i­dence of Engr. Has­san to pay their con­do­lence.

“Late Has­san is a very hum­ble, sim­ple gen­tle­man who didn’t ar­gue with any­one,” Alh. Suleiman said. “Who­ever knows him will at­test to his good char­ac­ter and sim­plic­ity. He is a very gen­er­ous per­son to fam­ily mem­bers, neigh­bours and the pub­lic and that is why we are still in shock and won­der­ing what the mo­tive be­hind the at­tack was.”

He be­lieves the crim­i­nals parked their car some dis­tance away, trekked to the scene of the crime and at­tacked Has­san.

He de­scribed the de­ceased as a prin­ci­pled and hon­est man, who earned the nick­name “Has­san Ba­ture.” He had spent 15 years study­ing in Rus­sia.

“He is a God-fear­ing man who al­ways ad­hered to and ob­served his reli­gious obli­ga­tions and al­ways smiled at peo­ple he knew and those he didn’t,” he said.

Al­haji Nasiru Garba Aminu, Ma­gayakin Bauchi, a friend of Has­san’s, had been with him just two hours be­fore the at­tack.

“We were to­gether for al­most 40 years back and had prayed the Ma­grib and Isha prayers be­fore he left for his house,” he said. “I am deeply wor­ried about the killing of my best friend whom I know as a trust­wor­thy per­son, a kind­hearted man who cared for the peo­ple. We don’t know why they trailed him and their rea­son for the mur­der but we pray Al­lah grants him Al­jan­natul Fir­daus.”

Aminu de­scribed the de­ceased as a very jovial man who jokes with peo­ple around.

“I re­mem­ber our last mo­ment that faith­ful day when he was about to leave and I asked him to give me his new cap and he said, noted. I jok­ingly told him that noted is a word used against con­trac­tors be­ing a con­trac­tor, he laughed.

“We pray that se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives will do their job to ar­rest the per­pe­tra­tors and un­veil the rea­son be­hind this un­godly act,” he said.

For Nana As­mau Has­san, 17, los­ing her fa­ther that day was devastatin­g, not only for her but the en­tire fam­ily.

“We are cur­rently in deep shock and grief of los­ing the pil­lar of the fam­ily, a very car­ing fa­ther who showed love, af­fec­tion to all the fam­ily mem­bers as well as mem­bers of the ex­tended fam­ily,” she said.

“We are sad­dened by his death be­cause no­body knows the rea­son why they car­ried out their bru­tal mis­sion ex­cept God. It will be hard to get his re­place­ment, es­pe­cially his at­ti­tude to­wards ev­ery­one in the house,” she said.

For Nana, em­u­lat­ing her fa­ther’s sim­plic­ity, pa­tience and hon­esty are now her life’s goals.

“I will live to re­mem­ber my fa­ther for ev­ery­thing be­cause he loved me be­yond my think­ing and the af­fec­tion between us could not be quantified,” she said.

Nana was very close to her fa­ther. She was named af­ter his mother and be­cause of that, she was given special re­gards in the house, es­pe­cially when it came to ask­ing favours from him.

“Ev­ery­one in the house, in­clud­ing my mother step­mother, will use me to ask him for favours and he had never said no or re­jected the re­quest. We will con­tinue to pray Al­lah to grant him Al­jan­natul Fir­daus,” she said.

The Bauchi State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, DSP Ahmed Mo­hammed Wak­ili said the gang stabbed the de­ceased with knives while he was try­ing to en­ter his house at about 10 PM Sun­day.

“Af­ter stab­bing him, the rob­bers went away with his car, Honda Ac­cord with regis­tra­tion num­ber, EKY 388 CP. Af­ter the rob­bers left, his neigh­bours and fam­ily mem­bers took him to the hos­pi­tal where he was con­firmed dead. The in­ci­dent was re­ported to the po­lice at “C” Divi­sion, and the po­lice promptly re­sponded and con­ducted a search in the area but could not see any of the rob­bers,” he said.

Wak­ili, how­ever, noted that the com­mand in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der rob­bery.

When con­tacted, the ViceChan­cel­lor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Uni­ver­sity (ATBU), Pro­fes­sor Muham­mad Ah­mad Ab­du­lazeez de­scribed the death of the de­ceased as a tragic loss to the uni­ver­sity.

“The de­ceased has been an ex­cel­lent per­son who con­trib­uted im­mensely to the de­vel­op­ment of the uni­ver­sity,” he said.

The VC who spoke through the Reg­is­ter of ATBU, Dr Garba A Has­san, said that the man­age­ment of the uni­ver­sity, led by the Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor Aca­demic, Pro­fes­sor Ibrahim Dan­juma, was at the res­i­dence of the de­ceased and took part in the funeral prayers and paid con­do­lences to his fam­ily,

“Even to­day (Tues­day) the man­age­ment of the uni­ver­sity was at the res­i­dence to­gether with his fam­ily re­ceiv­ing sym­pa­this­ers,” he said.

 ??  ?? Late Engr. Has­san Sabo Jama’are
Late Engr. Has­san Sabo Jama’are
 ??  ?? Elder brother of the de­ceased, Suleiman Sabo Jama’are
Elder brother of the de­ceased, Suleiman Sabo Jama’are

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