Child-bride, Wasila Umar, accused of killing her
husband and three of his friends while injuring
many others after she served them poisoned food,
in Kano, says she regrets her action.
“Mine was a classical example of youthful
exuberance; it dawned on me shortly after that it
was a joke taken too far to resolve a forced
marriage question”, Wasila, 14, said. The killings
happened only 17 days after their marriage.
The suspect, in tears as she spoke to Sunday
Vanguard at Bompai police headquarters, Kano,
where she was being detained, added: “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 girl, who hails from Yansoro- Kademi in Gaya
local government area of Kano State, revealed that
“though my target was my late husband, I must
confess that my blood went cold when I realized I
had committed mass murder”.
Wasila is in police custody for killing her husband,
Umar Sani, 35, and three of his friends on the spot
even as 10 others were hospitalized shortly after
eating a local meal mixed with rat poison at
Yansoro –Kademi, last week.
Narrating how she executed the mass m****r, 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 fulfillment of his rotational duty in a
“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
“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
She explained that “destiny appears to have
played a wicked one on me at this early stage of
my life and I would rededicate the rest of my life
to sincerely seek Allah’s forgiveness”.
However, despite the overwhelming evidence the
police have to prosecute the alleged culpable
homicide, they seemed to be in a dilemma due to
age of the suspect.
Commenting on the development, Kano State
Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP
Magaji Musa Majia, said “the case has been
referred to appropriate authorities for the next line
Majia told Sunday Vanguard: “I am assuring you
that Wasila would appear in court soon because we
have limitation on the number of days we can keep
a suspect no matter the perceived weakness of the
case or the personality involved”.