by Weekly Trust
Shock enveloped the people of Rijiyar Lemo in Fagge local government area of Kano State when a young couple in the area strangulated their newborn baby girl.
Weekly Trust gathered that the couple got married two months ago and the wife, Faiza Haruna, gave birth to a baby girl last weekend. The baby was killed by Faiza, three days after she put to bed and her husband, Aminu Mustapha buried her in their neighbourhood.
It was learnt that the 17-year-old housewife killed the baby with the consent of her husband. Neighbours said Faiza delivered the baby at home without the help of any medical personnel.
“During the pregnancy, she didn’t attend any antenatal clinic. It was we that assisted her during child labour. She delivered the baby safely and we assisted her with all the necessary cleaning up,” a neighbor who asked not to be named, said. “Hours after given birth, Faiza started telling people that the baby was sick. We advised her to take the baby to hospital but three days later, she and her husband returned home without the baby. We drew the attention of Hisbah officials and they were arrested because we suspected foul play.”
It was at the Hisbah office that Faiza confessed that she killed the baby. Hisbah commandant in Fagge local government, Ustaz Salisu Umar, said the couple killed the baby to cover up their premarital affairs.
It was gathered that the Hisbah operatives handed over the couple to the police after their preliminary investigations.
In a chat at the Kano State police headquarters, Faiza opened up to Weekly Trust on why she killed the baby.
“I gave birth to the baby and killed her myself. I did so to avoid embarrassment from members of our community. I was impregnated by my husband before we got married,” she explained.
When asked what she used in killing the baby, she said: “I didn’t use anything; it was my bare hands that I used in killing her. I went into my room when my husband was not around and strangulated her.”
She revealed that her husband did not take part in killing the baby, but assisted by burying the corpse. Her husband, Aminu Mustapha, 29, admitted to burying the baby.
Spokesman of the Kano police command, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, said the couple would be arraigned for prosecution accordingly.
“The husband is not denying the fact that he impregnated her outside wedlock. She killed the baby because she delivered it two months after marriage. This is a case of culpable homicide and abetment of offender. They are in our custody and we will charge them to court immediately after investigation,” he said.