November 30, 2022

Operatives of the Borno State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrest of a 25-year-old housewife identified as Fatima Abubakar, for allegedly killing her husband, Goni Abbah, with poison substance in the state

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdu Umar, who confirmed the incident of poisoning to death in Maiduguri and hinted that the suspect was arrested on October 19 at Anguwan Doki.

The police commissioner stressed that after the victim, who was the Chief Imam of the area, returned from the mosque, the suspect, who was his second wife, allegedly served him food laced with poisonous substances

Umar added that as soon as Goni started eating the food, he became unwell and was immediately taken to the State Specialist Hospital where he was given emergency medical attention and was confirmed dead afterwards.

Umar, the State’s police command boss disclosed that he immediately deployed men from the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to arrest the suspect after the incident was reported by the family of the victim at the GRA Police Station.

Umar said as soon as his men arrived at the late cleric’s house, they met a large number of aggrieved youths trying to lynch the suspect but the police were able to bring the situation under control.

Umar added that the suspect, in her statement, confessed to committing the crime, saying that she bought the poison from Monday Market after she made up her mind to kill her husband.

When she was paraded at the command, the suspect told NAN that she killed her husband because she was tired of the marriage.

“I never wanted the marriage. Goni was my second husband; I got separated from my first husband because I hate marriage.

“Anytime I wake up with the fact that I am married, it pisses me off. At some point, I had to run to my parents to demand an end to the marriage but they always sent me back, asking me to be patient.

“At some point, two months after I gave birth to my child, I ran away and slept in an uncompleted building for about two weeks. I later returned to my husband’s house.

“Not that he doesn’t treat me well, we are also not quarrelling. We are two in the household, I am his second wife and I have been married to him since 2021. But I just hate when any man comes near me.

“I don’t really know what is wrong with me. Even now that I am speaking to you, I don’t really feel that I was the one who killed him,” the suspect said.

The police commissioner said the case had been registered as culpable homicide at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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