Today marks the four year death anniversary of Hammamatu Babangida Suleiman, a 19-year-old student, who was killed by suspected assassins in Plateau State, while trying to save her father.
Sen. Auwal Marshall penned this glowing tribute to late Hammamatu, fondly called Ummy. Read below:
A DAY OF MOURNING4year Without UmmiHammamatu Babangida Suleiman (a.k.a Ummy) was a classical girl you would describe as a life cut short. She was a 19yrs old Remedial student with the University of Jos. A very intelligent, determined, purposeful and ambiguous younger girl who has alots of dreams and hopes for a better tomorrow. She is aspiring to study Medicine, with the hope of becoming a Medical Doctor some day.All these wonderful vision was cut short yesterday around 8:30pm when some armed assassins stormed her father’s house with the soul mission to put an end to his life.The security man who wasn’t as armed as these men, was the first victim of their attack.They gunned him down, where he was reported died at the spot. They gained access to Hammaamatu’s room and at the point, ask her to led them to her father’s room.Hammamaatu stood by her father’s door and called to him. When he answered, she did something which arguably could be translated to mean an act of bravery with a view to protect her father.She screamed in Hausa language, and I quote “Baba karka bude kofar, wasu mutane zasu kashe ka” It was at this point that the ruthless men, who have lost their moral compass and sold their souls to Shaythan, with no iouta of compassion, and human sympathy, shot Ummy apparently on the face.They momentarily left the compound and disappeared into the blanket of darkness.Ummy was laying unconscious, and sympathisers were attracted to the compound by the noise and scream emanating from the house. She was coincidentally alive despite the the close range shot. Doctors (Surgeons and anaesthesiologist) did everything humanly possible to save her life, but Ummy passed on today around 2pm in JUTH.I couldn’t hold my tears especially when an eye witness narrated to me how the father, who lost her mother two years ago and was looking up to Ummy as his source of joy and comfort because of her love and passion for academic pursuits.Can we please save a minute out of our busy schedule to please pray for the little angel whose live snatched,and ambitions cut short by these Godless beings.May Jannatul Firdaus be her final abode. And may The Almighty Allah comfort and console the father of this little girl.I am still in tears wallahi. ..!!!!!