A 17-year-old housewife has revealed why she poisoned her rival’s baby.
She confessed that she attempted to kill the baby due to the hatred she has for her husband and the mother of the baby who is the first wife.
The suspect, Hindatu Abdullahi hails from Wuro Bogga village, Duguri District of Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
She revealed her reason for the attempted killing while speaking to newsmen at the Bauchi State Police Command today, 30th August 2017.
She explained she was forced into the marriage two years ago by her father when she was just 15 years old.
She said: “My husband and I have been married for two years now and we have a child. He married me as his second wife. He used to love me dearly, but he suddenly started maltreating me.”
“He would beat me, insult me and abuse me at the slightest provocation. I reported his maltreatment to my parents all the time, but they have never believed what I told them since it was their idea for me to marry him.”
“My father forced me to marry him, against my wish. I have been staying in my husband’s house just because of my parents.”
She added speaking to newsmen amidst tears, she said: “I have not been in good terms with my husband and my rival. We are always fighting. I don’t know why I did what I did, but I regret it.”
“Whatever punishment that will be given to me should be done, but every time I remember my action, I keep regretting doing what I did.”
The suspect explained how she carried she carried out her intentions, she said her husband had travelled for the ongoing Hajj at Saudi Arabia and when the mother of the baby went out, she went into her room and carried the baby to her own room.
She revealed that despite administering the suspected poison on the baby, he didn’t drink it and that made her very confused as she used his clothes to clean the poison.
She added that at the hospital where the baby was rushed to, it was confirmed by a nurse that the baby did not swallow the suspected poison.
Abdullahi revealed what followed her action, she said: “My siblings took me to my co-wife and I apologized to her and she said she has forgiven me, but she left everything to God to judge.”
“They called my husband on phone and told him and he vowed to divorce me when he returns from his pilgrimage.”
According to her, her husband’s brother made sure she was given 80 strokes of the cane as punishment.
She added: “He (my husband’s brother) took me to a vigilance office in our area and they gave me 80 strokes of the cane beside the tax they placed on my father, which he paid.”
“My husband’s brother said he wasn’t satisfied with the punishment I was given, so he took me to the Police Station at Maina Maji, where I spent two nights before they brought me here” (Bauchi State Police Command headquarters).”