The estranged family of late Rabiu Khalid, has reiterated its plea with the National Assembly to get former Senator Shehu Sani to pay the entitlements of the deceased who was his Senior Legislative Aide.
Mother of the late Shehu Sani aide, Hajiya Iya Alhassan told newsmen in Kaduna on Monday that the deceased was the breadwinner of the house.
“She said amidst tears that her son had confided in her that for over 18 months his salary was never paid and he didn’t know where the salary was going.
“With tear-filled eyes Hajiya Iya wondered what wrong her late son did to deserve harsh treatment by the former Senator”, she said.
She urged “prominent Nigerians” to persuade former Senator Shehu to give back to the family of the deceased his “outstanding salaries of more than one-and-a-half years, because he was our breadwinner.
“The first time we cried out to the Senator over my son’s matter was when he sent his wife to us and she dropped her phone number, but she never picked our call ever since”.
Also speaking, the deceased brother, Malam Abubakar Khalid Abdullahi Fari reechoed their mother’s call on the National Assembly and influential people to persuade the former Senator to end their traumatic experience arising from the pending salaries, details of which he insists is unknown to the bereaved family.
He said while the former Senator’s wife refused to hear them out, the Senator became “completely evasive”.
He also revealed that on the fateful day of his brother’s death, the family was looking for who would help raise N60,000 for the treatment of an ear problem and it was a Kaduna lawmaker, one Honourable Zailani that paid the money.
“But unfortunately, shortly thereafter my died”, he said.
Few days earlier, in a petition addressed to the Clark of the Senate, the family called the attention of the Senate leadership to “the wicked and inhumane treatment” meted on the late Hon. Rabiu Khalid, by Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, from June 2015 to June 2019.
The petition disclosed that Rabiu Khalid was a very close political associate of Shehu Sani and served as his campaign director general on all the three occasions he contested for the Senate 2003, 2011 and 2015.
“Shehu Sani contested three different election in 2003 under the Aliance for Democracy (AD), 2011 under the CPC, and in 2015 under the APC and in all of them Khalid served as his Campaign Director General”, he observed.
“After losing the first two attempts, Shehu Sani won in 2015 and in appreciation, appointed Khalid as Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) with a promise of securing accommodation for him in Abuja to ease the stress daily travelling from Kaduna,” the petitioners recalled.
They lamented that barely a month into his tenure, Shehu Sani recanted and directed Khalid to be sharing his monthly salary and allowances with other aides based in Kaduna.
“Among them is one Aliyu Ibrahim (aka Shalama), who is still alive and can testify to this. Even though he wasn’t happy with the arrangement, Khalid complied.
“The crack in their relationship grew wider when Shehu Sani renaged on his promise to secure apartment for Khalid who was left with the option of either commuting daily from Kaduna or staying in hotels in Abuja.
“Depending on how buoyant he is at any particular time, Khalid travelled to Abuja from Kaduna on daily basis and sometimes slept in his car at the mercy of the atmospheric condition.
“This exposed him to ailments including pneumonia. Sometime in 2017, the sickness became so serious that he had to be admitted in a hospital. Shehu Sani never for once visited him or contributed with the huge medical bills.
“In fact, the present Kaduna Central Senator Uba Sani was the one who assisted the family during their time of need. As if what Shehu Sani did wasn’t bad enough, Khalid told us that his monthly salary had stopped coming.
“He enquired from one of his colleagues Dan Asabe, who told him that it was a problem between NASS and the bank which would be rectified. It was later that we got to discover that it was actually Shehu Sani who ordered for the account not to be credited again.
“After battling with the ailment for over a year, Khalid died on 10th July, 2018,” narrated the bereaved family.
They said that there was no official communication from Shehu Sani at any time to tell Khalid that his appointment had been terminated.
“To the best of our knowledge, up until his death, Khalid was the Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Shehu Sani.
“We are praying that you use your good office to compel Shehu Sani to make available the over one year salaries and entitlements due to Khalid and to explain what happened to his severance package,” the family said, adding that the Senate President, Senator Uba Sani, and the ICPC, received a copy of the petition.