How Rob­bers Killed Lec­turer Along Kaduna-Kano High­way

Few days af­ter he was ap­pointed Head of Com­puter Sci­ence Depart­ment, Nasarawa State Univer­sity, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Dr Ibrahim Mailafiya, was off to Kano to share the joy with his fam­ily, but was shot on the way and later died, leav­ing his fam­ily in so

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi & Maryam Ah­madu-Suka, Kaduna

Per­haps, no bet­ter word can de­scribe the pains and dev­as­ta­tion the fam­ily of the late Dr Ibrahim Mailafiya, a lec­turer of the Nasarawa State Univer­sity, Keffi, shot by rob­bers, went through in the few hours to his death. His first wife of 17 years, Ha­jiya Zeenat and younger brother, Mailafiya Suleiman Ibrahim, wit­nessed how some­one close to them passed on with lit­tle med­i­cal help.

The late Dr Mailafiya, who was con­firmed the Head of Com­puter Sci­ence Depart­ment, Nasarawa State Univer­sity, few days ear­lier, was shot by rob­bers close to Tashan Yari along Zari­aKano high­way in Makarfi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kaduna State. He was said to have been stripped of his be­long­ings be­fore he was shot twice.

Zeenat’s joy knew no bounds when her hus­band sent her a text on Novem­ber 1 that he had been con­firmed the Head of Depart­ment of Com­puter Sci­ence. But, the cel­e­bra­tion didn’t even be­gin be­fore it was cut short.

In fact, she nar­rated that she re­ceived a call at about 9.24pm on Novem­ber 3. “It was some­body who di­alled and gave the phone to my hus­band to talk and he said to me, ‘Zeenat, rob­bers just shot me. I just want to say good­bye to you and please take care of my chil­dren. I know I will not be able to make it.’ I told him not to say that again and asked him where he was. He told me he was in the bush af­ter Zaria,” she told Daily Trust on Sun­day.

“I as­sured him I would be with him shortly. Im­me­di­ately, I set out to my el­der brother’s house where I dropped off the kids and he fol­lowed me on the jour­ney.” Zeenat pointed out that on their way, they kept com­mu­ni­cat­ing un­til he was taken from the Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Makrafi to the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, (ABU), Zaria.

She added that she called one of her hus­band’s younger broth­ers in Zaria to go to the hos­pi­tal be­fore her ar­rival.

Zeenat said: “When I ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal, I saw my hus­band in a very crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion; no doc­tor around him. He had the oxy­gen and drips with two nurses at­tend­ing to him. When I asked why he was not re­ceiv­ing any blood trans­fu­sion, they said they were wait­ing for me, but I told them I had ear­lier given in­struc­tions that they should go ahead with all the help needed.”

She said when the doc­tor ar­rived, it took time to take his blood sam­ple, stress­ing that there was neg­li­gence on the part of the per­son­nel in the hos­pi­tal. “Even when we paid for the blood and it was brought out from the blood bank, it was not trans­fused be­cause they were wait­ing for it to de­freeze.”

She pointed out that, he then said: ‘Zeezee, I know I can’t make af­ter more than four hours. I still have the bul­lets in­side me. I am in a lot of pain. Just take care of my chil­dren.’

“He placed his hand on my head and prayed for me, say­ing, ‘May Al­lah be with you.’ He told me to hug him and I did, then he re­cited some prayers. He gave up with­out any of us know­ing be­cause we thought he was sleep­ing,” she said.

Mailafiya Suleiman Ibrahim, a younger brother, also at his bed­side was full of pains as he nar­rated how af­fec­tion­ate his brother was.

“He was a very good man. He was my big brother. He took care of me right from when I was a child,” he said.

He was shot in the right hand side of his ab­domen and he was bleed­ing pro­fusely.

Ac­cord­ing to him, his late brother told him how the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

“He told me that there was a check­point a few kilo­me­ters be­fore the spot where they were at­tacked. The rob­bers were six with four of them car­ry­ing guns while two had knives, sticks and other weapons,” he said.

The de­ceased’s ju­nior wife, Dr Fa­tima Isa, who is nurs­ing a baby ex­pressed shock over the death of her hus­band. The moth­erof-three de­scribed her hus­band as some­one who was liked by ev­ery­one.

“I will miss him greatly be­cause he was my best friend,” she said.

Also, Fi­daus, the sec­ond daugh­ter of the de­ceased, said: “When I heard about the sad news, I burst into tears be­cause I felt like a part of me had gone. My daddy was hu­mor­ous and cracked lots of jokes with us. I don’t think any­body can fill his vac­uum in my life.”

Mother to the de­ceased, Ha­jiya Raliya Ibrahim Mailafiya, prayed that God will grant him Al­jan­natul Fi­dausi.

“I called him that day but he said he would call me back when he gets to his des­ti­na­tion. I never knew that would be our last con­ver­sa­tion. For all the good he did, I pray that God grants him Al­jan­nah,” she said.

In fact, it was gath­ered that the de­ceased set out for Kano, then stopped over in Kaduna to de­liver a mes­sage to his mother through one of his younger broth­ers be­fore he pro­ceeded.

Hav­ing spent about five years at Leeds Univer­sity, United King­dom, where he ob­tained his doc­tor­ate de­gree, Dr Mailafiya re­turned to Nige­ria and was ap­pointed lec­turer with the Nasarawa State Univer­sity. He served in the Fed­eral Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for about 15 years be­fore go­ing into the academia.

She pointed out that, he then said: ‘Zeezee, I know I can’t make af­ter more than four hours. I still have the bul­lets in­side me. I am in a lot of pain. Just take care of my chil­dren

The late Dr. Ibrahim and his fam­ily

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