Prominent Kano businessman, Alhaji Sani Bothers, is now in tears following the inexplicable death of his grandson, Najib Aliyu Yunusa, whose corpse was found along with that of a woman, believed to be his girl friend in a Volkswagen car parked in a quiet corner of the MalamAminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano. Who killed the two young lovers? Salisu Ibrahim, attempts an answer.
The passion of love knows no bounds: it has no respect for age or time. Love flows and grips like an obsession. Such must have manifested itself on Monday night when two people, suspected to be lovers, NajibAliyuYunusa and NadiyaSherrif Abdu Gwammaja were found dead in an old-modeled Volkswagen car parked in a quiet corner of the MalamAminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.
Najib, was grandson of Kano-based businessman, AlhajiSani Bothers and his friend, NadiyaSherrif, was a beauty that not many could ignore. The two reportedly met on facebook, the social networking site that many now depend on for their business and social interactions, and become fond of themselves to the extent that they decided to meet physically in order to concretise their love for one another.
When Najib, a father of two, first sighted Nadiya on facebook, he reportedly lifted for joy, claiming that he had finally met the love of his life and opted to go for the young mother of one, whose second marriage had just crashed.
She had earlier married and separated with her husband of six year before hooking with another with whom they had a baby, Jamila, now six years old.
Convinced that Nadiya was the woman he had been longing for to satisfy his lust, Najib, who worked as a station manager in one of the filling stations in Abuja, left Abuja last Friday for Kano in order to unite with the woman who made him come alive anytime he thought about her. On arrival in Kano, Najib is said to have headed straight to Nadiya’s family compound in Gwammaja Quarters in Kano Metropolis.
When Najib arrived, Nadiya told members of her mother and other family members that she wanted to be out of the house for sometime in order to commiserate with her immediate past husband, whom she claimed recently lost a relation.
But it was learnt that the story was made up by Nadiya in order to have a swell time with Najib, who was already in town. Nadiya left home with Jamila, her six-year-old daughter and headed for her sister’s home, where she left her behind and disappeared with her Najib.
Throughout the weekend, nobody set their eyes on the two lovers and the family became worried. They searched every nook and cranny but their enquiry yielded no positive result. They ran around to see if they had been trapped anywhere but there was no inkling as to their whereabouts.
Then, they gave up the search. They reported to those close to them that their daughter had not been found for days and sought their assistance in helping to pass the information so as to aid in locating them. Yet there was no clue to where the two lover birds had perched to consummate their passion for one another.
Frustrated by the disappearance of the woman and her daughter, the family declared her missing and went ahead to report to the police that tragedy had enveloped them. But unknown to them, their daughter had died in a most unexpected place in the city and the corpse was gradually decomposing while the search for them was going on.
“Unknown to us, Nadyia had a date with a male friend who came in from Abuja to visit her for the first time,” Jamilu, Nadiya’s brother, lamented.
“She left home along with her sister, Fatima and her six-year-old daughter, Jamila.
“Since then we had no trace of her whereabouts until a family friend called to inform us about this terrible incident that she was found dead along with her male friend inside a car,” another member of the family, said.
But all that seemed like a puzzle over the whereabouts of the lovers came to the fore on Monday morning, when patients and workers at the MAKTH began to perceive an odious smell around the hospital. When the offensive odour became almost unbearable, frightened workers and patients began a frantic search for the possible source of the embarrassing smell.
As they moved from point to point trying to ascertain the source of the smell, they came face to face with a shock. Inside a tinted old Volkswagen car, were the decaying corpses of both Najib and Nadyia.
The bodies had lost shape and were being feasted upon by rodents, but nobody ever suspected that such could have happened there. The finding was as shocking as the sight was frightening. Not many dared to get close because of the gory and despicable sight.
But the hospital workers assisted by the police, mobilised and opened the car in which the bodies were laden. As they opened the car, people nearby ran away from their locations as the odour became too strong and emotions began to pour out when the family members recognised their children.
Najib’s elder brother, ShamsuAliyu, could not withstand what he saw: he could hardly reconcile the fact that his junior brother, who left Abuja hale and hearty only a few days back, was already dead in a most horrible way.
Shamsu, who was at the scene, kept screaming, “Inna LillahiWa Inna IlaihiRaji’un” meaning “From God we come and to Him we are all going back”. He reportedly collapsed while quoting the verse and was quickly rushed to the hospital’s emergency ward where he was subsequently revived.
A spokesman for the MAKTH, AlhajiAminuInuwa, confirmed the story and said that they were awaiting the police report on the incident to enable them to carry out an autopsy that would reveal the possible cause of the deaths.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Mr. TanimuDutse, a deputy superintendent of police, said they had commenced investigation into the matter with a view to unraveling the cause of the deaths.
Too bad for an unmarried couple, who started out on a happy note but ended up in the grave on a sad note. That is one of the bad sides of love: being blind to what is about to happen.