Behind ‘Mysterious’ Death of Adamu, 200 Level Student of Danfodiyo Varsity, Sokoto
By Mudathir Hayatullahi Folorunsho
Adamu Haladu Abimiku who was a 200 level student of Fishery at the department of Agricultural Science was at 11:50PM on Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 confirmed dead at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto main campus clinic.
Adamu who was a native of Nassarawa state was reported to have collapsed in his room (A block room 2), at the Jubril Aminu hall of residence while observing his prayer (solah).
According to one of his roommates, Sulaiman who was an eyewitness narrated that he (eyewitness) was sleeping when another roommate, Muhammad entered and woke him, asking him to look at how their mate laid on the floor.
“I was sleeping when Muhammad suddenly wake me, asking me to look at Adamu sleeping helplessly on the floor. I got down from my bunk, tapped him and we had no reaction from him, that was why we quickly rushed him to the clinic, only to be informed by the doctor that he’s gone already before arriving at the clinic,” He explained.
Another roommate said that he was about leaving the room when he saw Adamu observing prayer (solah) and that was what stopped him from having their door locked, only to be informed about his fallen incident and followed them rush him to the school clinic.
“Anytime I wish to leave the room, I always make sure I lock our door, if no one is in the room, and I’m used to calling him ‘my boss’. Tonight, I was about leaving the room, so, I called on him to know if there’s anyone left in the room since someone is fast asleep, I saw him praying and I guarded the door with something so that if pushed, it won’t disturb his prayer, so, I left the room, only to be informed about his collapse when I arrived,” he recounted.
However, a doctor who was the first person on contact at the clinic where Adamu was rushed to said the deceased had already gave up the ghost before being taken to the clinic.
He said, “I was just sad when they brought him. Immediately I checked on him, I realized he’s passed away before they could take him in to the clinic. I could notice the sign of fall on his face, probably, while on the prayer as said, or after he had finished praying, but the truth is that, he collapsed from the upright. The mark is clearly seen on his face.”
Although the trio of Student Union President, Comrade Faruku Barade, Dean Student Affairs, Professor Muhammad Aminu Mode and the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbis were called to the clinic that night and they all showed up to witness the scene at the clinic. After critical confirmation of his death to the school management by the clinic’s director, his remains was said to be deposited at the mortuary of the University’s Teaching Hospital (UDUTH).
Adamu Haladu Abimiku, who was 23-year-old, therefore, given his last respect on Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 at the school clinic, crowded with large number of people who observed death prayer (Solatul Janaazah) on his remains and was buried immediately at the burial ground, located at the main campus of the University.
While consoling the bereaved students, Professor Aminu Mode, urged all students and everyone to always remember Adamu in their prayers, emphasising that prayer is the only thing he need from the living ones.
“He’s gone and we are so sad about that. There’s nothing we can do to him not to leave us. All we can all do to help him is prayer because that’s what he needs now. Please, remember him in your prayers and always pray for him. May Allah forgive him and not let us witness such again,” he addressed.
Adamu was a very simple and jovial man– mates describe
The roommates and friends of the late Adamu Haladu Abimiku, when interviewed, expressed sadness towards the death of their mate, describing him as a very simple, friendly, jovial and God-fearing man whose demise was a great surprise and shock to them all.
Aliyu Usmanu Shehu, a 400 level Agricultural Science student of UDUS, popularly known as Minister of Agriculture on campus and also Welfare Director of the Nassarawa State Students Association, UDUS chapter was the best friend of the deceased. He confirmed his age as 23 years old. Aliyu said that Adamu was his neighbor at home, Guzau, Lafia Local Government of Nassarawa State. He described Adamu as a kind and very gentle man who loved being in the midst of people for knowledgeable discussions.
“The demise of Adamu was a very great shock for me. He was my neighbor at home, our houses are very near to each other at Gusau. He was very kind, jovial and calm. Ever since I knew him, I have never seen him fight anyone. He loved peace to reign anywhere he found himself.”
Similarly, a 200 level student of Agriculture Department, Forestry Unit, Misturah Ibrahim described the deceased as a very kind and easy going man. Misturah narrated that Adamu played with her and her friends while returning to the hostel from lecture, on the day of his demise and bid them farewell, not knowing that it was the last time they would meet on earth.
“We played together that afternoon. He played with some people they’ve not been talking together before. He was free with everybody that day. He made some jokes with us and bade us farewell when he reached his hostel. He said he needed to rest and we shall meet the next day, I didn’t know that would be our last discussion on earth,” Misturah sadly expressed.
Also, Saadudeen Naallah Shina, a 200 level student of Education & Economics and also among Adamu’s roommates felt deeply shock and hurt by the sudden demise of his mate, describing him as a very simple and God-fearing man when he was alive.
He said that Adamu was a good person to be with and he used to accommodate people, making fun and endowed with some leadership qualities which he sometimes proved during his life.
“Adamu was a very good and kind man. He was good to relate with during his life because he possessed some qualities of a good leadership. Anytime we have quarrel in our room, he would call on us and settle the dispute among us. He was a wise person,” he said
Saadudeen, however, narrated the last reaction of the deceased and prayed for him as well.
According to him, “That day, we just noticed that Adamu was too calm and also the time he slept around evening, he has never slept that way before but when we later saw him praying, we thought everything was alright, not knowing he was paying his last homage to the Lord. His death was a great shock to us all and he shall forever be reminded on our hearts with prayers.”
The Students’ Union leader, Comrade Faruku Barade Wammakko expressed his feelings towards the loss of his mate. He lamented that the death of Adamu remained shocking to him because he heard that he collapsed in his room and later got informed that he was no more breathing.
“Wallahi, it’s really saddened. I am seriously pained by this sad incidence. I heard that a student collapsed at the hostel and was rushed to the clinic, I was preparing to visit the clinic and know about his condition when I received another call from another person that the boy had passed away,” he narrated.
Barade, however, urged his mates to accept the demise of Adamu as his fate, being predestined by Allah and he also prayed for the deceased and the living ones.
” I want us all to know that no matter how we love Adamu, Allah loves him more than we do. We just need to keep praying for him. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and give her family the fortitude to bear the loss. May Allah also, keep guiding and guarding us and let us all live long to be successful in life,” he prayed.