A magistrates’ court in Minna has ordered the remand of a 20-year-old housewife, Zulai Kabiru, standing trial for allegedly killing her eight-months-old stepdaughter.
The accused is standing trial on a count charge of culpable homicide, contrary to Section 221 of the penal code law.
The magistrate, Ramatu Adamu, did not take the plea of the accused on the ground that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the matter.
The magistrate directed the police to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.
She ordered the accused to be remanded in prison and adjourned the matter till November 6, for further mention.
Earlier, the Police prosecutor, Emmanuel Ogiri told the court that the accused’s husband, Kabiru Labbo of Danauta village in Mariga Local Government, reported the matter at Bangi Divisional Police station on September 9.
Mr Ogiri alleged that Ms Zulai, while seeking revenge after a quarrel with her mate, fed the eight months old baby with a locally prepared rat poison, popularly known as Otapia-pia.
He told the court that the accused was arrested following her husband’s complain at the police station.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...