Just 17 days after her wedding, a 14 year-old bride, Wasila Tasi’u poisoned her 35 year-old husband, Umar Sani, and three of his friends in a village in Kano State, Nigeria.
Wasila who had constantly protested about her parents giving her out early in marriage to a much older man she didn’t love said:
“I have never enjoyed the opportunity of going to Islamic school or acquiring Western education. My father forced me into this mess by stubbornly forcing me into a relationship I was not prepared to live in.”
The child bride who hails from Yansoro- Kademi village in Gaya local government area of Kano State, confessed that she mixed rat poison popularly known as Ota pia pia in a rice dish which was eaten by her husband, three of his friends and some members of the polygamous family. Narrating how she executed the mass murder, she said:
“On the fateful day, my husband’s meal was prepared by the senior wife and put in my room as I was due in fulfilment of his rotational duty in a polygamous setting.
I obtained the rat poison for just N100 and, at my convenience, mixed it with the local dish prepared for him. When he returned home for the feast, he came with those who were destined to die with him. I was restless but could not stop it from happening.
I felt normal and slept after the incident but the consequence of my action was clear when I was picked up by the police and I felt cold for the first time.
Though my target was my late husband, I must confess that my blood went cold when I realized I had committed mass murder.”
She was taken into police custody and charged to court on Monday, April 14.
The prosecutor, Inspector Yusuf Sale, alleged that the accused poisoned Sani’s food with some substance. According to him, the husband and three other persons died on the spot after eating the food.
The prosecutor also alleged that the other six persons who ate the meal in the same dish were rushed to General Hospital Gaya, but were later treated and discharged. Sale said the offence contravened Section 221 (B) of the penal code.
However, the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor urged the court to adjourn the case to enable the Police to seek for the advice of Director Public Prosecution.
The Magistrate, Binta Muhammad, adjourned the case to May 12 for mention.
She, however, ordered that the accused person to be remanded in prison custody.