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15-year-old wife poisons husband in Kano

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By Toby Prince

The police command in Kano State has arrested a 15-year-old housewife, Hassana Lawan, of Bechi Village, in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state for allegedly poisoning her 33-year-old husband, Sale Abubakar.

The command’s Public Relations’ Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano yesterday. Haruna said on April 16, at about 2:00p.m., the command received a report that the suspect gave her husband (Abubakar) food with rat poison.

He said the victim was taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano, for treatment. The police spokesman said the command had commenced investigation into the matter and the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigations were completed.

Meanwhile, residents of Aniebo Quarters in Gadumo area of Lokoja, Kogi State, were on Sunday thrown into mourning when a 12-year-old boy committed suicide in the area. The boy, simply identified as Bobo, was said to have ended his life after taking some poisonous substance (sniper) in his home.

According to neighbours, the boy was said to have taken the action in reaction to punishment given to him by his elder sister. It was learnt that the elder sister of the deceased had asked him to serve punishment for some misdemeanour shortly after they returned from church service but was unwilling to serve it.

Father of the deceased was said to have waded in by asking the boy to carry out “frog jump” as punishment. It was gathered that after serving the said punishment, the deceased went inside the room and took the poison unknown to the parents.

It was learnt that the parents only got to know after the poison had taken negative tolls on the deceased and all efforts to remedy the situation was to no avail as he eventually gave up the ghost. The body of the deceased have been taken home for burial.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Kogi Police Command, Williams Aya, said he was yet to get the report of the incident. He however promised to get back to our reporter after contacting the DPO in charge of the area.

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