By Suzan Edeh
Barely two months after she was diagnosed with kidney related problems at the Teaching Hospital Bauchi, Hajiya Nafisatu who worked with the Bauchi State Television BATV, was last week, involved in a ghastly motor accident which claimed her life and that of her five-year-old daughter.
Late Nafisat, a mother of three, had on that fateful day, bidden members of her family who live in Gombe state farewell, and was returning to Bauchi with her daughter and two sons when the accident occurred.
Vanguard Metro VM, gathered that the accident which occurred along Bauchi- Gombe Road, took place when the a Vectra vehicle tried to overtake a tipper in front of it, but collided with the vehicle the late journalist and her children were in.
Late Nafisat’s husband, Mallam Tata Adamu, who is the branch manager of Stanbic IBTC bank, said he was still in shock over the death of his wife and daughter, According to him, he spent quality time with his family the previous week. He recalled how his late daughter, Kadijat was very fond of him and how he gave her all the love and care, any father will give to his daughter.
“When I first heard about the news of the death of my daughter and wife, I was completely devastated. I am yet to come to terms with the reality on ground which is that I have lost them. The week my wife travelled with the children to Gombe, I recall telling her that it was not necessary for her to travel with the children, but she insisted.
If not that God was very merciful to me, I could have lost my entire family. It is only the boys who are alive and I pity them because their mother is no longer alive to take care of them at this very tender age.”
Some staff of BATV who spoke to VM described Nafisat as a very accommodating and hardworking person who took her job serious.
“She will be missed by all. She was an active member of the Nigerian Association for Female Journalists, NAWOJ, and also a member of Radio and Television Theatre Workers Union, RATTAWU. It very unfortunate, but who are we to question the will of Allah, who said that it was time for her to come home,” they said.