The death of Victoria Hallan, an indigene of Toro Local Government
Area of Bauchi State in an auto accident on Wednesday October 12, 2016,
just four days to her wedding has turned the mood of her family and
friends from rejoicing and singing to deep mourning and sober reflection
on the uncertainty of life.
The sadness that enveloped the atmosphere following the news of
Victoria’s death swings from anguish to a state of despair as it was
learnt that she died along with her beloved mother in the ill-fated bus
that was conveying them from Jalingo in Taraba State to Bauchi to put
finishing touches to her wedding preparations.
Victoria, a National Diploma graduate in Science Laboratory Technology
from the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, according to her friends who spoke
fondly of her, was a beautiful person inside and outside.
She had a pointed nose, a big charming smile, elegance, carriage, and
captivating eyes, they told Saturday Sun. She graduated in 2015 after
which she and her fiancé, Aminchi David, 34, agreed to tie the nuptial
knots. They fixed Saturday October 15, 2016 for their wedding in Bauchi.
Before that, Victoria’s send forth was slated for Sunday October 9 at
Sabon Gari in Jalingo. “I can’t believe that my jewel is gone,” Aminchi
decked in his blue wedding suit with his best man Armstrong decked in
suit with same colour and suit, told Saturday Sun after Victoria’s
funeral, as he fought back tears.
“She was a paragon of beauty. I can’t believe she is dead. She was so
kind and organised. It is so painful,” Aminchi counted his loss.
Friends recalled that the late Victoria, 24 and her mother, Naomi, 50
cut a picture of happiness during the send forth. As other family
members and friends shared in their happiness, there was no premonition
that mother and daughter were destined to die same day and place in one
of the most painful deaths one can imagine.
“She was enjoying one of the happiest days of her life,” one of her
blossom friends told our correspondent of Victoria’s disposition during
the send forth. Sadly, it was to be Victoria’s last happy moment in life
as death came calling after the ceremony
“It is painful,” the friend broke down and cried profusely. “She looked
ravishing in her yellow colour lace with blue headgear to match.
Victoria was gap-toothed and when she smiled it was so beautiful,” said
her childhood friend who has not stopped crying.
“Victoria’s chief bridesmaid Joan Joshua fell ill when the news reached
her that her best friend had died in a motor accident,” Armstrong said.
After four years of courtship, the intending couple agreed for the
wedding to take place at COCIN church in Tudun Maizamani on Bayara road
in Bauchi metropolis.
Send forth ceremonies are significant part of the marriage process in
northern Nigeria, particularly among Christians. The event is usually
brief. While some fix it in the evening, others prefer to have it done
at night. Victoria’s own was done after church service in the
afternoon. Prayers and gifts were showered on her. Pieces of advice on
how to build her matrimonial home and enjoy the union came handy from
older family members and friends.
Victoria’s send forth was an opportunity for her childhood friends to
get together to rejoice before she would travel to Bauchi to be joined
in matrimony with her fiancé in church.
Her father ASP Hallan Bawah and Naomi, his wife of 29 years, were there
to support their daughter. Her elder brother and firstborn who worked
in Jigawa State was always there to support while Rejoice, her immediate
younger sister and a split image of Victoria was in Bauchi putting
finishing touches to preparations. While Rejoice stayed back in Bauchi
to help coordinate the wedding plans, Victoria’s chief bridesmade Joan
travelled with the bride to Jalingo. Joan and others who attended from
Bauchi left Monday morning while Victoria, her mother and Blessing,
Rejoice’s friend planned to leave Jalingo on Wednesday. That fateful
morning of October 13, Victoria and her mother departed Taraba for
Bauchi for the wedding on Saturday. Those coming from far had embarked
on the journey to Bauchi for the wedding.
Hallan said after the send forth, he watched as his wife and daughter
left the house in Sabodn Gari Jalingo on their way to Bauchi. He said:
“I was with them till they left. They boarded a commercial bus around
3:00 that afternoon. After some hours I was expecting that they have
reached Bauchi. I called my wife but the line was not going. Later I
called my daughter’s number and a Federal Road Safety official picked
and introduced himself. When I inquired why my wife or daughter could
not pick the calls he told me that they were involved in a fatal
He told me that two women and a man died on the spot. He told me the
place and I told him I was coming” Hallan said he left Jalingo by 4pm
and when he got to the scene he was told that the victims had been
admitted at the Cottage Hospital in Bambam, Gombe State. He learnt that
the accident was as a result of a burst tyre.
“When I got there I met my wife she was already dead,” he recalled. He
struggled to stop himself from breaking down, he was anxious to see
his daughter and prayed nothing bad happened to her.
The grieving Hallan said: “When I saw her, she was unconscious. Her hand
was broken. There was no treatment being carried out on her. I asked
the staff of the hospital why they abandoned my daughter like that and
their reply was if they treat her they were not sure whether the money
would be paid. This broke my heart. How can someone’s life be so cheap. I
was crying to know that my daughter could have been saved and yet they
refused to save her life because of money”
He said that the officials of the NURTW went to get ambulance that would
rush my daughter to the Federal Medical Centre in Gombe for proper
medical attention but before they could return his daughter had given up
“Another girl who was a friend of my second daughter, Rejoice also died
in the accident. Her name was Blessing. She was accompanying my daughter
and wife and so they travelled together. Blessing also died on the
David, the groom to be was feeling on top of the world on that Wednesday
morning, when he received a phone call from Victoria. “I had gone to
Kafin Madaki around 6am and was returning to Bauchi when I received her
call at past 8am that they had left Jalingo.
“She asked me where I was and I told her I was in Kafin Madaki in
Ganjuwa and she was surprised and asked me what took me there but I
laughed and I told her I went to see my aunt and she replied that she
was on her way. I was expecting her call around 2pm. I tried her number
but it was switched off.
“I became worried and told a friend Bami that her phone was switched off
and it was unusual. By 3:30pm, her younger sister Rejoice called me and
informed me that she heard that Victoria and their mother were involved
in an accident. That her friend Blessing was also with them
“I then called their father who told me that he heard and that he was
already on his way to the place that the accident happened. It was
Bambam in Gombe State. I called my sister who lived there with her
husband. She later confirmed that my Victoria and her mother and
Blessing had indeed died”
David said he doesn’t know how to live with the loss of Victoria.
“She was everything to me. She was beautiful, kind, God-fearing. Her
death is a great loss to myelife. When my father in law told me what
happened on phone, I said I am finished. But I give God the glory. In
life you plan but God knows everything. I am still seeing everything as
if it is a joke. That Vicky my love will be with me. That is why I am
wearing my blue wedding suit. Blue is Victoria’s favourite colour. She
chose blue as our colour and I am honouring her today by wearing it. I
try not to be sad but it is going to be alright”
The funeral of Victoria and her mother on Saturday October 15, 2016 at
the Christian Cemetery in Kagadam, Bauchi attracted a large crowd of
Sympathisers. As the bodies were lowered into mother earth, the preacher
urged everyone present to live a life of service to God and humanity.
Source: SUN News