…planned wedding for 3rd day of Sallah
…we spoke 24hrs on preparation before death – Friend
By Adebayo Olodan
Few weeks to his final exams as an undergraduate in the Northern part of the country, Muhammed Alaka was consistently in touch with his fiancée and family members on his wedding plans.
He was said to have spared no cost from a distant of 710 kilometres away(Katsina), anytime he had to discuss his intention to quit bachelorhood with friends, family and colleagues back home in Ilorin.
However the family of the groom-to-be was thrown into mourning, penultimate Thursday after Muhammed was reportedly attacked by suspected gunmen along Abuja/Kaduna highway while on his way to his hometown, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. He was said to have died on the spot alongside other passengers after being shot in the head
Speaking with our reporter, yesterday, a cousin of the deceased, Moshood Alaka disclosed that the fiancée of Mohammed, is presently pregnant and plans were in top gear for the lovebirds to tie the nuptial knot on the third day of Eid-el-Fitr celebration in Ilorin.
The deceased was a student at the department of English and Literary Studies Department of the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina State.
In a telephone chat with our reporter last night, Alaka Moshood, who is the first cousin of Mohammed added that the latter had scheduled his wedding for the third day of Eid-el-Fitr before his demise.
“I was about the closest to him in the family and we were always looking out for each other. Muhammed lived with me for about four years and I will miss him as a hardworking brother.
“During the naming ceremony of my children and even festive period, he will join me in killing ram and other preparation. He never complained that he was tired and he will take up chores before I assigned any duty to him,” he said.
Speaking further, Moshood said, “Anytime he (Muhammed) is not in the state, we exchanged phone calls. In fact, I spoke with him on Wednesday about 24 hours before his untimely death and our discussion focused solely on his wedding plans not knowing we will meet no more. His passing is a big blow to the family.”
On the current state of the unnamed fiancée who is said to be a serving corps member in Osun State, Moshood said, “The family has placed her under close watch at our Alagbado family residence because of her condition.”
Moshood said his cousin will particularly be remembered by the role he played his ensuring lasting peace between members of the Ilorin Emirates Descendants Union (IEDPU) and residents of Kaduna.
Moshood had wrote on his Facebook page, penultimate Thursday, “I received with sad news yesterday night, that my younger brother, Alaka Kamldeen Muhammed Sheu was shot dead along Abuja – Ilorin road … Inna Lilahi Waina ilehi Rajiuna, I love you Muhammed but God loves you more than us,” his cousin, Alaka Moshood had wrote on his Facebook timeline.
In another Facebook post same day, friend of the deceased, Com. Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman wrote, “ It is shocking; it is unbelievable; just like that?
“Were you not the one that called me on Wednesday, informing me of your Nikkah coming up next month? I can’t still believe you are gone bro.
“Your joy of graduating from from Yaradua University was turned to sorrow as you weren’t allowed to show your certificate to your parents.
“I’m grief, I’m saddened, may your soul rest in peace.”
Also, the university’s spokesperson, Hajiya Fatimah Sanda, had informed newsmen on Tuesday that the institution was saddened by the development, adding that the school authority was awaiting an official correspondence from the institution’s chapter of Association of Kwara State Students on Alaka’s death.
She said, “We are saddened by the news of the incident and our hearts go to his family. But we are still awaiting official correspondence from the association of Kwara State students on the campus on the incident.”
The remains of the deceased has since been retrieved from the morgue of St. Gerrard Hospital, Kaduna and buried in the state by family members amidst tears and wailing.