A 20-year-old housewife, Zulac Kabiru, has been detained by the police in Niger State for allegedly killing her eight-month-old stepdaughter with a drink laced with an insecticide.
This incident happened at Danauta village in the Mariga Local Government Area of Niger state.
She was suspected to have committed the murder by secretly feeding the baby of her co-wife, Rukaiya Kabiru, with a drink mixed with a locally-made insecticide popularly known as “ota piapia”.
This incident was reported to have happened on September 9, 2018.
It was discovered that Zulac and Rukaiya had been having a disagreement which proved unresolvable before the incident.
Their husband, Kabiru Labbo, alerted the police operatives in Bangi Division to the incident which led to the arrest of the suspect.
Zulac told our source that since her husband married her co-wife, there had been trouble in the family on a daily basis.
She said, “I warned my husband against marrying another wife, but he didn’t listen.
“The second wife was in the habit of insulting and assaulting me at all times and one day I decided to poison her eight-month-old daughter to increase her sorrow; so that she will learn how to respect her superiors in the family.
“Before my husband married her, I kicked against the move. We have been living in peace but when she came, she divided the family. My husband gave her more attention and since then our family has been in shambles.”
She said she now feels remorse for her action calling it “the work of the devil”.
“I didn’t know when I did it, it was a wicked act,” she said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect had pleaded guilty to the crime and bemoaned her action, adding that she would be arraigned in court after full investigation.