Nigerian beauty queen Najeebat Sule was shot dead in her Toyota Corolla car in US last month.
Najeebat was reportedly exchanging text messages with her friend Magaji when the incident happened.
Police have made no arrests nearly three weeks after a 24-year-old former Nigerian beauty queen Najeebat Sule was found shot dead inside her car in the US.
Najeebat was in her car parked close to her residence at 8800 block of Frankford Avenue on March 12, when unknown assailant took her life.
The deceased close friend Habibat Magaji, who was among the last people to have seen her alive before she was gunned down, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that :
‘I can’t think of anything that would make anyone want to kill her,’
According to reports, Najeebat was sitting in her gray Toyota Corolla, exchanging text messages with Magaji, when an unidentified man walked up to the vehicle. While their, the assailant pulled his gun and shot her several times.
Sule’s father, Adewale Sule, who emerged from the house after hearing the gunfire said :
‘I saw the guy shooting my daughter. He shot the last round and I pursued him,’
‘He ran back to his car.’
Najeebat was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.
Her mother, Tawakalitu Sule, said she last heard from Najeet less than two hours before the shooting.
‘All of my children have been crying every day because of their big sister. They really miss her. I miss my daughter,’
The deceased had only recently earned a Master’s degree in public health from West Chester University and was pursuing a doctorate.
In 2019, she was crowned a second runner-up at the Miss Nigeria International pageant.
The pageant organizers, while commiserating with the family, wrote on Facebook :
‘Queen Najibat was an amazing young lady whose presence at the Miss Nigerian beauty pageant left a great ripple that continues to resonate,’
‘She was a breath of fresh air and her presence added a distinct touch that made the event memorable.
She carried herself with great dignity and grace and her strength of character and approachability made her such a joy to work with.’
Najeebat and her family immigrated to Philadelphia from Nigeria in the early 2000s. She is survived by her parents and two sisters.
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