Former Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’ is dead.
Alhassan, 61, reportedly died in a Cairo hospital, Egypt.
“Mama (Alhassan) died in a hospital today in Cairo. We will miss her,” a former aide to Al-Hassan, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen.
Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State also confirmed her death.
Alhassan represented Taraba North Senatorial District in the red chamber under the PDP before detecting to All Progressives Congress (APC).
She was also the APC governorship candidate for Taraba State in the 2015 general elections.
She contested for the same seat on the platform of the United Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections after resigning as a minister in the administration President General Muhammadu Buhari on July 27, 2018.
The former senator was born on September 16, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.
She attended Muhammed Nya Primary School, Jalingo and LEA Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna before proceeding to Saint Faith College (now GGSS), Kawo, Kaduna where she studied between January 1973 and June 1977.
She attended the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from July 1977 to July 1979 for her preliminary studies.
Alhassan started work as a Magistrate Grade II in April 1988 in the Kaduna State Judiciary.
She was admitted to the Fijian Bar and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji in 1991. While she was in Fiji, her services were transferred from Kaduna State Judiciary to FCT Judiciary in 1991 as Magistrate Grade I.
Alhassan was appointed the first female Attorney General of her Taraba State in 1997.
She was appointed the first female Chief Registrar of the High Court of the FCT in December 2003. She voluntarily retired from the FCT Judiciary as Chief Registrar on December 31, 2009.