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Acting DG Of Women’s Centre Who Issued Fatwa Against Onyeka Onwenu Dies In Auto Crash

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The National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, has announced the death of its Acting Director-General, Alhaji Abdulmalik Dauda. Mr Mohammed Aliyu, Protocol Officer to the director-general, confirmed the news to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Aliyu said Dauda died on Friday in an auto crash along Abuja-Kaduna expressway while returning from an official assignment. The deceased took over from Ms. Onyeka Onwenu on February 16, 2016, following the removal of 26 heads of government agencies and parastatals.

Born on Aug. 27, 1959, in Niger state, Dauda was survived by two wives ‎and five children. Aliyu added that the remains of Dauda ‎had been buried according to Islamic rites in his home town in Niger.

It will be recalled that Onwenu had accused some Northerners who felt that the women development centre was their “birthright”. The late Alhaji Dauda was alleged to have resorted to threatening Onwenu and even going as far as issuing a Fatwa against her during her tenure claiming she was “working against the interest of the North”.