Pregnant housewife allegedly kills five-year-old stepdaughter for defecating

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested an 18-year-old pregnant housewife in Bauchi for allegedly beating her five-year-old stepdaughter to death for defecating on her body.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Auwal Muhammad, disclosed this while parading the suspect before journalists at the Command’s Headquarters on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect, Khadija Adamu, a resident of the Kandahar area, a suburb of the Bauchi metropolis in Bauchi State, was arrested following serious injuries she inflicted on the minor.

“On September 28, 2023 at about 9.25 pm, one Abdulaziz Adamu, male (38), of Kandahar area Bauchi, reported at A’ Divisional Police Headquarters that on the same date at about 4.00 pm, one Khadija Adamu, female (18) of the same address beat up her stepdaughter named “Hafsat Garba” female (5), as a result, she sustained serious injuries on her body.

“Upon receipt of the report, a team of detectives led by DPO swung into action, rushed to the scene, and moved the victim to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for medical attention, where she was certified dead by the medical doctor.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect beat up the victim as a result of alleged passed stool that spoiled her clothes, and she sustained various degrees of injuries on her body,” he said.

According to him, during interrogation, “the suspect confessed to the alleged offence against her without much argument,” adding that the investigation is still ongoing, after which the suspect would be charged to court for the established offence accordingly.

The CP said that the Command’s detectives arrested some professional hunters: Muhammad Umar, male (43) of Takanda village, and Hussain Umar, male (35) of Zaranda Village.

He said that on September 28, 2023, at about 3.00 pm, the Command received information from a reliable source that on September 26, 2023, at about 7.30 pm, the above-mentioned quasi-outfit members arrested the following persons, namely; Joshua Yonana, male (30); Bitrus Iliya, male (27) and Yonana Abubakar, male (35) all of Waya village respectively.

Muhammad said, “During interrogation by the quasi-members led to the beaten-up of the suspects to force them and unravel the facts of the allegation against them.

“Suddenly, one of the suspects, Yonana Abubakar, collapsed and was rushed to a nearby clinic, later died and was confirmed by a medical doctor.

“On receipt of the report, a team of detectives led by DPO Toro swung into action, rushed to the scene and arrested the members of the professional hunters to reap what they had sown while the corps was released to the relatives for burial.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the three arrested suspects were alleged of spiritually stealing a male organ of one Usman Sale, male (28) of Sabon Garin Nabardo.

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have committed the alleged offence for ritual purposes which led to the arrest of their gang leader, who died during interrogation by the PROHAN.”

He said the investigation is ongoing, after which the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution accordingly.

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