A chief man in Borno State has been reportedly poisoned to death by his second wife of one year.
The victim, Goni Abbah, was said to have returned home from a prayer session at the mosque at Anguwan Doki, where he usually led other Muslim faithful in prayer, when the suspect, Fatima Abubakar, reportedly carried out the heinous act.
The State Command of the Nigeria Police Force confirmed in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday that the 25-year-old housewife has been arrested and is now in its custody for further investigation, Headline News reports.
The state commissioner of police, Abdu Umar, while interacting with journalists at the force headquarters in the state, said Abubakar was arrested on October 19 by men of the Command at Anguwan Doki.
According to her confessions, Umar said the suspect mixed poison in the Chief Imam’s food after returning from the mosque on the day of the incident. He explained that as soon as Goni started eating, his condition deteriorated.
According to him, the victim was immediately rushed to the State Specialist Hospital, where he was given emergency medical attention, but unfortunately, he later died when they returned home.
The police commissioner further disclosed that men from the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the command were immediately deployed to arrest the suspect after the incident was reported by the victim’s family.
“Upon the arrival of the police, they saw a mob who intended to lynch the suspect but the police were able to bring the situation under control,” Umar said.
The police boss said that the case had been registered as a culpable homicide before the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions while necessary actions would be taken after further investigations.
In her statement, the suspect confessed to the alleged crime, noting that she bought the poison from Monday Market when she decided to kill the Chief Imam.
According to her, she was tired of the marriage after she got separated from her first marriage. She reiterated that she hated marriage so much at the time.
Abubakar said: “I never wanted the marriage. Goni was my second husband; I got separated from my first husband because I hated marriage.
“Anytime I wake up with the fact that I am married, it pisses me off. At some point, I had to run to my parent to demand an end to the marriage, but they always sent me back, asking me to be patient.
“At some point, two months after I gave birth to my child, I ran away and slept in an uncompleted building for about two weeks. I later returned to my husband’s house.
“Not that he doesn’t treat me well; we are also not quarrelling. We are two in the household, I am his second wife and have been married to him since 2021. But I hate when any man comes near me.
“I don’t really know what is wrong with me. Even now that I am speaking to you, I don’t really feel that I was the one who killed him, she said as she broke down in tears.”