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JUST IN: Ex-Minister Aisha Al-Hassan Is Dead

Nigeria Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Jummai Al-Hassan is dead.

The former Minister who is popularly known as Mama Taraba died at 61 in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.

A former aide to Al-Hassan who confirmed this said “Mama (Al-Hassan) died in a hospital today in Cairo. We will miss her.”

Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party in Taraba State have also confirmed her death.

Al-Hassan is a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.

She was All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Governorship Candidate for Taraba State (Northeast Nigeria) in the 2015 general elections.

She was appointed into the Cabinet Of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development.

On 27 July 2018, she resigned as the Minister and quit APC on the note of what she described as “grave injustice.”

After resigning, she contested for the Governorship Candidate on the platform of the United Democratic Party, in the 2019 general elections.

The former senator was born to Abubakar Ibrahim, Ayukan Muri on 16 September 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State.

She attended Muhammed Nya Primary School, Jalingo and LEA Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna, after which she proceeded to study at Saint Faith College (now GGSS) Kawo Kaduna between January 1973 and June 1977.

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan attended the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from July 1977 to July 1979 for her preliminary studies.

Al-Hassan started work as a Magistrate Grade II in April 1988 in the Kaduna State Judiciary.

She was, however, admitted to the Fijian Bar and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji in 1991.

Her services were afterward, transferred from Kaduna State Judiciary to FCT Judiciary in 1991 as Magistrate Grade I.

She was appointed the first female Attorney General of her State, Taraba in 1997.

Al-Hassan was later appointed the first female Chief Registrar of the High Court of the FCT in December 2003.

On 31 December 2009, she voluntarily retired from the FCT Judiciary as Chief Registrar.

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