A middle-aged woman identified as Fatima Malam, is on the run after she allegedly stabbed her neighbour’s 6-year old daughter, Sherifat Usman, at Gadon Kaya Damatsiri in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State.
It was gathered that the suspect stabbed Sherifat over an alleged plan of her husband to get another wife through advice from the victim’s father.
A source in the area disclosed that in an act of vengeance, Fatima stabbed Sherifat severally on her stomach with the intention to kill her over her father’s alleged meddlesomeness into her marital home.
The source explained that Fatima was angered when she learnt that Sherifat’s father, a close friend of her husband, has been the one advising him to get a second wife.
But Fatima’s husband, identified as Mallam, claimed that his wife is mentally-deranged.
The investigation however revealed that Fatima had lured Sherifat to escort her to Mariri in Kumbotso Local Government Area where she stabbed the little girl severally on her stomach.
“On their way to Mariri, Fatima bought a kitchen knife on credit. She took Sherifat to an uncompleted building where she stabbed her severally on her stomach with the sole intention to kill her,” the source explained.
“Fatima wanted to kill Sherifat because she felt her father was the one instigating her husband to get a second wife.
“Fatima has been acting strange in recent times. Some weeks ago, she brought out a pestle one evening threatening that she would kill somebody if her husband eventually takes another wife,”
It was also gathered that, after stabbing Sherifat, Fatima hurriedly left the scene believing that the little girl was dead.
But her cry attracted passers-by who eventually rushed into the uncompleted building and rescued the little girl who survived the grievous attack.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Wednesday, May 17, said the matter is still under investigation as police are making efforts to arrest the fleeing culprit.