In one of the most bizzare ways of settling scores, a 55-year-old woman, Aisha Ibrahim, has allegedly killed her two-year-old grandchild at Karaya Fulani Camp in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state in her strange bid to get to the child’s mother, who is her daughter in-law.
The suspect, who has been arrested by the Niger State Police Command, was said to have tied the girl with a rope and threw her inside the well in their compound.
The incident took place when her son, Bello Ibrahim, and his wife left their child in her custody to attend christening at a neighbouring village, Northern City News reported.
According to the newspaper, the suspect and her daughter-in-law had been at loggerheads for some time before the incident.
The suspect, who is from Funtua, Katsina State, was quoted as saying, “I told my husband to tell his son to divorce his wife but he did not listen to me. My daughter-in-law is fond of insulting and assaulting me all the time and the only way I could pay her back was to tie her daughter with the rope and throw her inside a well to die so that she will equally feel the pains and agony I have been going through.
“We have been living in peace as one big family before my son married her; I have 12 children and all of us are living in one compound; she cannot come from somewhere to destroy the family I have suffered for years to keep, it is unacceptable.”
On if she felt any remorse for allegedly killing her grandchild, she said, “It was temptation, I didn’t know when I did it, I can’t just tell but may Allah forgive me. Honestly, it was a wicked act that can never be accepted anywhere in the world.”
The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident.
The suspect has confessed to the crime and regretted her action, he said.