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Borno housewife poisons, kills husband, alleges forced marriage 

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
01 November 2022   |   3:58 am
Borno State Police Command has arrested 25-year-old Fatima Abubakar for allegedly killing her husband, Goni Abba by poisoning his food over alleged forced marriage.

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Borno State Police Command has arrested 25-year-old Fatima Abubakar for allegedly killing her husband, Goni Abba by poisoning his food over alleged forced marriage.  

Parading the suspect, yesterday, in Maiduguri, the state’s Police Commissioner, Abdu Umar, said the Anguwan Doki cleric had just returned from a mosque when Fatima allegedly put poison in his food.
According to him, the suspect was arrested on October 19, 2022, after the victim’s family reported the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) of the Government Reserved Area (GRA) police station.
He further disclosed that as soon as Abba started eating, he began feeling uncomfortable, as the victim was immediately rushed to the State Specialist Hospital, but later died of poisoning.
He said: “I deployed our men to arrest the suspect after the incident was reported by the victim’s family.
“ On arrival at the scene, there were aggrieved youths in the community ready to lynch the suspect for killing her husband.
 “The police however brought the situation under control; considering the sensitivity and dangers of the alleged committed crime.”
The commissioner added that the suspect, in her statement, confessed to the crime, stating that; “Fatima bought the poison from the market after she made up her mind to kill her husband, Abba.”
He said the case had been registered as a culpable homicide before the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before she would be charged in court.
The suspect also told The Guardian that she killed her husband because she was tired of the forced marriage.
She also said in most cases, she had to run to her parents to demand a divorce, but they always sent her back to the cleric’s house to be patient.
She said: “I never wanted the marriage. Goni was my second husband; I got separated from my first husband because I hate marriage 
“Anytime I wake up with the fact that I am married, it pisses me off.
“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 I have been married to him since 2021.

“But I just 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.”

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