A first wife, Hafsat Ibrahim, has died following the alleged smashing of her head with a pestle by a co-wife, Maryam Ibrahim, in Gar Village, Pali Ward, Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
This was confirmed in a statement by the spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, Ahmed Wakil, on Monday.
Wakil said the husband of the women, Sambo Ibrahim, reported the incident at Maina-Maji l Police Station.
He said: “On November 22, 2022, around 6pm, one Ibrahim Sambo, 40, reported that his second wife, Maryam Ibrahim, 20, armed with a pestle, entered into his first wife’s room, Hafsat Ibrahim, 32, and hit her head with the pestle.
“As a result, the victim sustained a serious injury and was rushed to the Primary Healthcare Centre, Gar village, where she was certified dead by a medical doctor.
“Upon receiving the report, a team of detectives attached to the command swung into action and arrested the suspect.
“During interrogation, the suspect voluntarily confessed to the crime.
“She revealed that on Tuesday, November, 22, 2022, around 11am, the deceased, Hafsat Ibrahim, sent her son, Abdulaziz Ibrahim, 5, with a lump of fried meat known as Tsire, to give her (Maryam).
“And after eating the meat, she started feeling abnormal and then vomited the meat.
“Thereafter, she called one Faiza Hamisu, the wife of her husband’s younger brother, and told her exactly what happened.
“She added that the said Faiza told her that it was probably an ulcer and gave her an ulcer drug.
“Subsequently, the suspect provocatively went to her kitchen, picked a pestle, and entered the first wife’s room while she was asleep and hit her on the head, leading to her death.”