A day that started normally in the family of Abdullahi Darma ended with pain, loss and anguish.

Darma serves as an aide to Governor Aminu Masari. He is Special Assistant on Religious Affairs.

Darma, on Friday accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car.

The incident occurred at Darma’s Katsina house while he was reversing.

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Sources said 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,” a family source 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.

He described it as “an act of God.”

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