The Kano State Police Command has arrested a 30-year-old housewife, Hauwa Lawal, for allegedly pushing her co-wife, Zuwaira Sani, 35, and her 18-month-old son into a well.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the arrest in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kano.
Mr Haruna said the police received a report on Friday that Ms Lawal of Rurum village of Rano Local Government Area of Kano, had pushed her co-wife and baby into a well.
“The suspect had a misunderstanding with the victim. In the process, they started fighting in the house. The suspect pushed her rival along with her 18-month-old son, Mustafa Gambo, whom she was backing, into a well situated in their house.’’
He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Habu Sani-Ahmadu, ordered the tracking down and arrest of the fleeing suspect within 24 hours.
“Operation Puff-Adder, swung into action and arrested the suspect on Saturday at about 1.17 am.
“The victims were removed from the well and were rushed to Rano Hospital where Sani was confirmed dead, while her son is alive and has been discharged from the hospital. The suspect confessed to the crime,’’ the spokesperson said.
He said the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation.
“Once investigation is completed, the suspect would be charged to court,’’ Mr Haruna said.