A Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on female Education, Hajiya Aishat Maina, is dead.
Maina died minutes after attending the Presidential rally of the People Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday in Sokoto.
The deceased had been caught up in a stampede that at the exit gate of the Giginya Stadium, where the rally held.
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“A motorcyclist fell down from his bike at the exit way of the stadium and that caused a serious stampede, with people falling upon one another. She was one of the victims,” a source who pleaded anonymity told Daily Trust.
This was also confirmed by the Chairman of Forum of Special Advisers, Ibrahim Magaji Gusau, adding that the deceased was rescued and rushed to the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto for treatment.
“But unfortunately she died few minutes after her admission,” he said
Magaji, who described her as hardworking and energetic, said they were together throughout last night as they were putting finishing touches to some of the items for the event.
“Even during the rally, we were together, not knowing that would be our last meeting,” he said
Who is Hajiya Aishat Maina?
The deceased was a former chairperson of the National Woman Journalists Association of Nigeria (NAWOJ), Sokoto state chapter.
She also once served Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal on New Media before being moved to Female Education Board.
The former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto state council, Isa Abubakar Shuni, expressed shock over the sudden demise of the journalist whom he said had mentored many female journalists and contributed immensely towards the development of journalism profession in the state.
She is survived by three children and aged parents.
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