By Wole Ayodele
Barely 10 days after the death of Mr. Haruna John, a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in a helicopter crash in Jos, Plateau State, his mother, Mrs. Sinlani John has also passed on.
Mrs. John, aged 82 years, died on Saturday afternoon in her family compound in Jalingo, Taraba State apparently due to her inability to overcome the shock of the death of the late DIG who was her first son and a pillar of support for her.
Brothers of the deceased John, Ambassador Musa John and Yusuf John who confirmed the death of their mother to THISDAY in Jalingo, said she passed on at about 2.pm on Saturday but her death was still being kept under wraps to prevent sympathisers from trooping to the house on a condolence visit.
This, according to Yusuf is to shield their father, Pa John Baraya, 87, from having knowledge of their mother’s death as it was reasoned that he might also be seriously affected by the shock of losing a son and wife within a space of 10 days. Narrating her ordeal to THISDAY on the death of her son, Mrs. John popularly called ‘Yadiko’ was philosophical as she prayed that God would give her late son eternal rest since it pleased God to take him away at that critical period.
She however told THISDAY she had been unable to eat any food since the news was broken to her but had been surviving on beverages which she was forced to take by her children and other relatives around her.
Madam John, who spoke through her son Yusuf John, stated “I don’t know why God decided to take him away from us at this time.
He is the creator of heaven and earth and everybody therein all I can do is to pray God to grant him eternal rest till we meet again.”
Also speaking in the same vein, Pa John Baraya told THISDAY that he was shattered by the news of the death of his son which he learnt of through the Hausa Service of Radio Germany saying he has been experiencing serious pains all over his body which he feared could result in a stroke.
When THISDAY visited Musa’s residence in Jalingo, he confirmed the death of their mother but declined to comment on her saying but rather asked the reporter to come back today when he would be ready to speak to the press on the development.
Described as a fine and highly professional Policeman and incorruptible Police Officer who dedicated his entire career to the service of his fatherland, late DIG Haruna John would be buried at his family compound in Jalingo on Saturday March 31.
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