24-year-old woman arrested for using insecticide to kill co-wife’s newborn baby

In Bauchi state, One Furera Abubakar has been apprehended over the alleged murder of her four-day-old stepchild

The incident happened at Bantu village in Ningi Local Government Area of the North Eastern state, according to the police.

The 24-year-old suspect killed her stepchild by applying a toxic insecticide on the baby’s umbilical cord.

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The Spokesman of the Command, SP Ahmed Wakil, announced the development in a statement on Tuesday in Bauchi.

He said that operatives of the Command arrested the suspect over alleged culpable homicide.

“The incident was reported to the Ningi Divisional Police headquarters on the 19th of August, 2023 which revealed that the four-day-old baby was born on the 15th of August, 2023 and was murdered by the suspect (Furera) on the 19th of August, 2023 before the naming ceremony.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a co-wife to the nursing mother (deceased mother).

“The suspect entered her co-wife’s room with liquid insecticide and applied it to the unhealed baby’s umbilical cord.

“The liquid suspected to be corrosive substance led to the deterioration of the baby’s health and eventual death,” he said.

He said the suspect would be charged to court on completion of investigation.

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