Katsina: Killer mum feeds own four-day-old baby rat poison
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A four-day-old baby boy has been gruesomely murdered by his own mother who fed him with a N40 rat poison.Binta Shuaibu, 20, conspired with her friend, Hindatu Umar, 27, to commit the dastardly act in Dan Amarya village, Danja Local Government Area ofKatsina State.
The mother and her co-conspirator are now answering to the wicked act in police custody.
What could make a mother willfully kill her own baby? The suspect, Bintatells her story to Sunday Sun: “I was bornin Layin-Ruwa, Kafur Local Government Area Katsina State. I got married 11years agoand myhusband, Inusa later forced me to divorce him. I have only one son, Aminu for him.
“After the divorce, I decided to go into prostitution. The money I got from prostitution is what I use to feed my fatherin the village. My father had divorced my mother because my mother begged him to allow me to return to myformer husband, but my father rejected the advice. My father divorced my motherbecauseof that.
“While engaged in prostitution, I suddenly had anunwanted pregnancy, which I did not terminate. I was able to conceal the pregnancy and successfully had the baby boy delivered in my room.
“The ward head, Maiunguwa in the village where I was doing prostitution had warned all prostitutes not to have unwanted pregnancy, and that anyone who got pregnant must relocate to any nearby village to deliver and care for the baby there.
“But because of the warning by village head, I was at a loss to what to do with the baby and my calling as a prostitute.
“My good friend, Hindatu Umar suggested that since we do not want to stop prostitution,weshould killthe baby. We both went into the street and boughtrat poison for N40 and used it to kill the baby.”
Asked how the baby was actually killed, Binta said, “It was about midnight thatthe act was carried out. Itold my friend, Hindatu that I would not want towitness the killing of my own child.
“Hindatu was the one who fed my baby with the poison. She forced him to drink the poison. When she wanted to do it, I went into the other room and took adrug, Valium 5 and sleptoff. I woke upto see that my baby was dead. We wrapped the dead body with clothes.”
News of the heinous crime soon filtered out and the partners in crime were apprehended.
Binta spoke further, “Unknown to us, the wardhead had heard about the news that mybaby was killed. He quickly went to Danja Police Station, reported the incident and we were arrested by the police.”
In her own confession, Hindatu Umar said, “I am aprostitute. My friend, Binta delivered a babyboyand we have a law by thewardhead in the village of Danja that hedoesn’t want any unwanted pregnancyandthat any of us prostitutes who gets pregnant should leave the village and deliver the baby in the next village.
“We still enjoy ourjob as prostitutes and so, we both decided to kill the baby. I suggestedto her tokill the baby. We went into the street and boughtlocal rat killer andby midnight I gave the baby the poison and he drank the poison and died instantly. I took the containeranddroppedit in the toilet. Later the news spread and policemen from Danja Police Station arrested us.”
Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Hurdi told Sunday Sun that “it was when the news spreadthe following morning that the wardhead reported theincident to Danja Police Stationand this led tothe arrest of the two suspects, Binta Shuaibu and Hindatu Umar who are currently at the State CID under investigation.”
CP Hurdi added that the baby had beenburied, while the mother of the baby, Binta and her partner,both of whom conspired to commit themurder,would face the wrath of the law.
The commissioner said after investigation had been concluded, the suspects would be charged to court.
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