The long arm of the law has caught up with a 20-year-old housewife identified as Zulac Kabiru who reportedly poisoned her eight-month-old step daughter identified as Rukaiya with rat poison.
Reports say the suspect committed the crime after she decided to teach her co-wife how to respect “her superior” by giving her daughter local insecticide, otapiapia, to drink.
The suspect who was arrested by the police in Niger State said she had not been in good terms for a long time with her co-wife who according to her, regularly insults and assaults her.
In her confessional statement, the suspect said; “I warned my husband to desist from getting another wife but he did not listen. The second wife loved insulting and assaulting me at all times. One day, I decided to poison her eight-month-old daughter to increase her sorrow in the family so that she will learn how to respect her superiors in the family.
“Before my husband married her, and I kicked against it, we were living in peace. But when she came, she split the family. My husband gave her more attention than he gave me and since then, our family has been in shambles.”
Zulac who said she didn’t know what came over her when she gave the infant the rat poison to consume blamed the devil for her action.
“It was the work of the devil. I don’t know when I did it. It is a wicked act,” she said.
The arrest of the suspect was confirmed by Police spokesman Muhammad Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), who said Zulac will be charged to court after investigations into the matter were concluded.