A 20-year-old housewife, has been arrested by the Niger State Police Command for reportedly killing her 8-months-old step daughter.
The suspect, Zulai Kabiru, who was arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Minna, stood for trial on a count charge of culpable homicide, contrary to Section 221 of the penal code law. The magistrate, Ramatu Adamu who directed the police to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice, did not take the plea of the accused on the ground that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the matter.
The 20-year-old housewife who was remanded in prison as the matter was adjourned till Nov. 6, for further mention, was arrested after her husband, Kabiru Labbo of Danauta village in Mariga Local Government, reported the matter at Bangi Divisional Police station on Sept. 9.
The Police prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Ogiri who told the court that the accused was arrested following her husband’s complain at the police station, alleged that Zulai, while seeking revenge after a quarrel with her mate, fed the eight months old baby with a locally prepared rat poison, popularly known as otapia-pia.