Mama Taraba Dies At The Age of 61

Aisha Jummai Alhassan
Mama Taraba

Former Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Jummai Alhassan popularly known as Mama Taraba has reportedly died at 61.

She was said to have died in an Egyptian hospital in Cairo, according to reports.

Late Senator Alhassan was born on September 16, 1959 in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

She was a lawyer by training and the first female Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Taraba State.

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She was also the first woman to be appointed as Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Judicial Council.

She later became the Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court on 17 December 2003.

She went into full time business and politics after her retirement from the FCT judiciary.

Fondly called ‘Mama Taraba”, she was a member of the 7th Senate between 2011 to 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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She later decamped to the APC and was the governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 general elections in Taraba State but lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Darius Ishaku.

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She was appointed Minister of Women Affairs in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari, a post she resigned on July 27, 2018.


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