Mr. Abdullahi Darma, Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, is reported to have accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car.
Punch reported that the incident occurred at Darma’s Katsina house while he was reversing the vehicle.
The governor’s aide did not know that the toddler was behind the car.
“The car ran over the girl and she died on the spot,” punch said.
Darma also posted news of the tragic incident on Facebook, which elicited an outpouring of condolences from sympathisers and associates, many of who also besieged his residence to commiserate with him.
“A few minutes ago, I got tested by God. I was reversing my car when I crushed my daughter mistakenly and she died,” he said in Hausa in the Facebook post.
Darma was brief in his response on Sunday when our correspondent sought to know how the accident occurred.
He described it as “an act of God.”
The story is already agog in social media, especially Twitter.
“A heartbroken man has taken to social media to recount how he mistakenly killed his young daughter yesterday in Katsina State.
“The man, identified simply as Abdullahi Abubakar Darma shared a photo of his daughter on his Facebook page,’’ Ngtip said in a tweet.